Decades ago, when the first analysis of the impact of technology on people's lives began, one of the areas where the benefits were most evident and expected was Education and today how not to celebrate the usefulness it has?
It is invaluable for educators as well as for students, the possibility of accessing information more quickly, with an unlimited number of sources and with resources that complement what is learned in the classroom in an analogous way. To continue on this auspicious path, the paradigms continue to change in the hands of a revolutionary technology: Virtual Reality.
According to a survey conducted in 2016 to more than a thousand professors from the United States who attended the conference and expo of The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), 85% say that this innovation will have a positive effect on their students. And yes well Only 2% recognized using it in the classroom, 72% of them expect that thanks to Virtual Reality, students can simulate experiences against relevant content, such as the first flight of the Wright Brothers in 1903. Meanwhile, 68% would like them to explore places of difficult access, like outer space; 69% yearn for the ability to travel to emblematic places in the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt, while 68% want Virtual Reality to be used as a complement to help students understand chemistry.
In the case of Chile, the experiences are similar. In addition to a series of cultural uses that have been given to virtual reality in our country, today there are initiatives such as the one developed by Samsung and the Ecoscience Foundation, an organization that is responsible for preserving the scientific, natural and cultural heritage of Chile that carry this Technology to all corners of the country. Through the programNmada 360, rural school children enjoy complementary learning in subjects such as national geography and natural sciences, precisely through Gear VR virtual reality lenses. It doesn't matter if you live in the extreme south or north, you can make immersive trips to the Morro de Arica or the El Plomo glacier from the classroom.
It is about experiences that not all people can experience and that are already a reality thanks to the innovations that are made from the world of technology. In this way, it is possible to integrate the most remote schools in Chile, putting at your disposal their latest developments in technology and supporting them in their educational process and providing more learning opportunities.
This is one of the many uses that virtual reality can have in education where it is possible to enhance learning based on the experience of immersion. Likewise, technology motivates students to develop curiosity, creativity and imagination, allowing them to discover and interact with all the content that makes up the virtual space.
Guest Columnist:Germn Senz, Senior Manager of Corporate Citizen and Public Affairs, Samsung Chile
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