Virtual Reality (VR) in the Classroom: Cell Biology

Published On: November 4th, 2021 | Categories: In The Classroom |

Virtual Reality in the Classroom
 
 
Sixth graders began exploring Virtual Reality (VR) in science class this week. The VR experience helped students in Mr. Legge’s Life Science class deepen their understanding of human cells. Students viewed “Cellscape: A Virtual Reality Journey Inside a Cell” on the Oculus Quest headsets.

 

 

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This VR learning experience takes students on a “field trip” to the middle of a cell. “Cellscape” shrinks viewers down a million times and places them right into the center of a working human cell. While in the experience, students look all around them while a narrator guides them on a tour of the complex cell processes at work. This “field trip” into a cell gives students a much deeper understanding of cell parts and functions because they can experience it happening all around them.

While VR provides students with immersive learning experiences, the other benefits of virtual reality include the ability to inspire students’ creativity, increase communication and spark their imaginations.

 

Virtual Reality (VR)

 
We started VR in Spring 2018 through creating in CoSpaces and using Google Cardboard viewers. In 2020 we received a gift specifically for professional development and training for teachers in VR and for purchasing 10 Oculus Quest headsets to be used in the classroom and integrated with the curriculum.

The opportunities to use VR overlaps with almost all content areas. The ideas are endless and provide a robust classroom experience. This seventh grade example in the video below explains the Mars Colonies VR experience in science class:
 

 

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