Virtual reality transforms classroom experience

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RIVERTON (News4Utah) – Thanks to a technology grant, students at South Hills Middle School walked through a WWI trench Thursday during first period. The class is one of a few in the state to integrate Virtual Reality into instruction. 

Rebecca Kirkman teaches the class, she says, “Instead of me cracking open my Utah Studies book and saying here you go here’s a WWI trench, they can actually go and experience it for themselves.”

Students have taken virtual tours of Ellis Island, the White House, Washington D.C., and even flown a WWI era plane. They love it. The district uses Nearpod, a digital teaching tool that help teachers integrate technology into their classrooms, including virtual reality. Some of the VR experiences come from Nearpod, some are free on YouTube. 

Kirkman says, “Yes I’ve seen test scores improve and the kids improve, but for me it’s all about the kids getting this experience.”

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