The Guardian VR App

I spoken before on several occasions on this website (see links at the bottom) about how VR could change the education system. As teachers and educators we like to immerse our children in topics to interest and excite them. With certain topics this is easy as we have to facilities and resources nearby to engage them, however with certain topics or concepts this can be difficult as the places we are discussing are often not within reach or not easily understandable.

At my school we have purchased a Playstation 4 and a VR headset and have used it in class. The results have extremely positive and many of the teachers have been converted, seeing the excitement and engagement such technology has brought into the classroom. However, at around 450 pounds the Playstation and PSVR may not be affordable for all schools, especially at time when budgets have been cut in education. This is where the FREE Guardian VR App comes in useful. The app is free on the Apple App and Google Play stores and doesn't require a powerful phone to work. Using Google Cardboard or any other VR headset you can immerse yourself in the various apps that are free to download, from exploring Hawaii's extinct birds to the wilds of Patagonia there are numerous apps and more are coming.

I have used the app with my own class, connecting it up to the interactive white board with relative ease. This way the whole class could see what the individual could see within the VR headset and they could also be part of the experience. VR is here to stay I believe and to get on board it needn't be prohibitively expensive.

LINK- Bringing Virtual Reality into the Classroom

LINK- Egypt 360

LINK- Egypt Round Me.

LINK- PSVR as a Writing Stimulus

LINK- Perfect PSVR Writing Stimulus Video