Virtual reality enhances learning
Students in Bethlehem Center SD will visit New York, Rome and the moon this year, virtually – courtesy of the new Oculus Rift virtual reality equipment in the district. According to an article in the Observer-Reporter, the system will travel from building to building and teachers will use it to augment their curriculum. When students put on the goggles, the 360-degree environment makes them feel as though they actually are in the virtual setting, strolling through Times Square or swimming in the ocean. It gives students a hands-on experience to help reinforce learning without ever leaving the classroom. The equipment was paid for by a community sponsor, and the district held a demonstration before the start of school for students, parents, school board members and the community.