29 May How AR and VR Are Being Used to Teach SELMay 29, 2018
By: Tina Nazerian
This past year, a group of eighth graders in Texas got upset about a train that didn’t stop for bathroom visits as it headed toward a concentration camp. In Hawaii, another group of students had to decide which of their possessions to sell so they wouldn’t lose their homes.
The students were taking part in virtual reality experiences in Chris Caldwell’s language arts classes at Chisholm Trail Middle School in Texas, and in various classrooms at Hawaii’s Mid-Pacific Institute.
But they weren’t just learning about history and the human condition. Schools can use virtual reality to help students develop empathy and the ability to look at life experiences from different perspectives.