K-12 Trends | VR Tech and the Metaverse

Picture of elementary students using virtual reality headset in classroom.

Recently mainstream companies, including NIKE and Walmart, have announced that they will be joining the Metaverse. What is the Metaverse? According to Fortune, “the metaverse is essentially a merging of virtual, augmented, and physical reality, and blurs the line between your interactions online and real life.” Long before 2022, companies like Virbela were already conducting business in the Metaverse by bringing workers together in a virtual world for events and social connectivity. eXp Realty has been operating a digital world since 2009. But what does this mean for K-12 schools? Eventually, education must follow industry to prepare tomorrow’s workforce, but even as we envision a more interactive tech-filled future, here are 3 tangible benefits to using VR in school now.

Increased Focus

Putting kids into an immersive learning environment can alleviate distractions from classmates, letting kids concentrate on their lesson and improve engagement through active learning.

Boost Grades

Putting kids into a virtual reality promotes active learning that boosts focus and engagement, setting the stage for better grades. Higher levels of engagement translate to better student grades in science, engineering, and mathematics, states a 2014 study by the National Academy of Sciences. And as many of us have heard, STEM opens lucrative career opportunities.

Enrich STEM teaching   

Students often underperform in rigorous STEM classes because of the abstract nature of many math and science concepts. VR connects students with abstract concepts in virtual reality. VEATIVE offers 550+ Interactive STEM modules for their EduPro VR headset that makes intimidating topics accessible and makes learning enjoyable, inspiring curiosity in STEM.

We’d love to hear from you! Are you using VR? Do you have an avatar? Share with use in the comments below.

Sources:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/phillempert/2022/01/26/walmart-is-joining-the-metaverse-are-we-ready/?sh=2f2870471ec3

https://www.virbela.com/blog/four-examples-of-companies-already-doing-business-in-the-metaverse

https://www.pnas.org/content/111/23/8410

https://fortune.com/2021/12/07/how-i-signed-up-metaverse/

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