It is the moment when teachers and students put those VR headsets on for the first time that they are genuinely blown away. The light bulbs start going off about how fun learning through virtual reality is and all of the possibilities for making classes more engaging.
As Assistant Principal Kirby looks to the future, her hopes are to train more teachers on how to integrate SEL and virtual reality into their curriculum. In the state of New Jersey, SEL is supposed to be integrated across grades and subject areas, and virtual reality is a great way to deliver this. The capabilities of virtual reality headsets do not stop at SEL content. Kirby views virtual reality as an amazing tool that educators can use to deliver a range of content, including science, history, math, ESL, etc. Virtual reality doesn’t replace traditional modalities of teaching, instead, it can enhance educators’ curricula.
Not every school has a champion for virtual reality like Assistant Principal Kirby, but that doesn’t mean they have to be excluded from this future of education. Kirby’s advice for educators and schools is to not start with the technology but start with the problem. When educators can identify a problem or need in their classroom, they can then see how it can be fixed using virtual technology.