Virtual reality brings new dimension to teaching

Students explored the South American rainforest, delved inside the human circulatory system and got a glimpse at WW1 battlefields - without leaving the classroom - thanks to a pioneering virtual reality programme.

Google Expeditions visited Highfields School to bring history, biology and geography to life with its state-of-the-art virtual reality technology.

The team brought along 60 pairs of virtual reality goggles to take students on 45-minute journeys of exploration. Panoramic images were beamed from teachers' tablets to the Google Cardboard virtual reality glasses to guide students through collections of 360° and 3D images, allowing them to experience far-flung parts of the world, as well as important moments from the past and even the human heart, lungs and blood vessels.

Mr A.Cheetham, Deputy Headteacher, said: “We are delighted that Google Expeditions chose to visit Highfields to help bring lessons to life and take our students to places they would never otherwise be able to go.

“It is a fantastic teaching tool that brought a real sense of excitement and allowed our students to embrace subjects like never before.

“The visit brought a whole new dimension to teaching!”

Posted on February 14, 2017 .