The district that I have worked at in the past nine years doesn't have a McDonald's in the county. The nearest one is twenty miles south, making fast food not really fast or worth it. The nearest major airport? Three hours. The nearest major professional sports stadium? Four hours. Field trips and opportunities to see new things are difficult if you live in an area like mine. Many of our students do not get the chance to travel and if they do, it's costly both in time and money.
With the introduction of Virtual Reality companies and programs such as Google Cardboard traveling places and seeing new things isn't limited to those who can only afford it. Google has found a way to offer affordable virtual reality trips by selling viewers ranging from $15.00-$35.00 that work with any smartphone that has the ability to download apps. By purchasing several viewers and compatible phones schools will unlock the world for students to see.
Schools can cut the cost of purchasing these viewers and phones even more by asking communities and organizations to donate old devices and only using free apps that work with Google Cardboard.
Some free apps that I recommend are
I would love to hear your ideas on how to incorporate virtual reality into classrooms or ways you already have. Please leave a comment below.