7 Ways Teachers Can Leverage VR in the Classroom


Leverage VR in your classroom

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65% of students in today’s classrooms will work in jobs that don’t exist yet. With that in mind, forward-thinking educators are recognising the value in using emerging technology like virtual reality to provide an immersive learning experience and prepare students for the future.

When used in a classroom setting as an instructional tool supplementary to conventional education, VR supports more holistic learning and enables children to immerse themselves in the learning process.

Although it has yet to reach its full potential, there are already a number of real-world use cases for virtual reality – and education is one of the most promising. Here are some of the way’s VR is being used in the classroom to improve the learning experience and learning outcomes.

1. To learn about science and the world

When it comes to learning about the universe, the body and scientific phenomena, virtual reality can offer students the chance to explore new and often complicated concepts in an immersive setting.

2. To go on a virtual excursion

Simulations, interactive games and visual representations of data are great tools to help students understand everything from the fundamentals of science to the building blocks of the body and the structure of the solar system.

Whether it’s to explore lost civilisations, other cultures or famous geographical landmarks, virtual reality allows students to “travel” to places from past and present. In the same vein, VR can be used to take “tours” of museums all over the globe. The possibilities for VR school excursions are virtually endless and, when supplemented with educational resources, offer an excellent learning opportunity while keeping students engaged.

3. To learn about history

Imagine stepping onto the moon with Neil Armstrong or watching as the Berlin Wall crumbles before your eyes. Virtual reality is an ideal medium for giving students a taste of history in a way that’s infinitely more memorable than reading about it on paper.

4. To experience different careers

For older students, virtual reality can be used to spend a day in the life of a surgeon, engineer, firefighter, musician or any other professional field to get a first-hand insight into what a career in that industry would look like.

5. To explore literature

VR technology gives teachers new ways to teach students about important works of literature in a way that’s compelling and easy to digest. For example, virtual environments can be crafted to recreate key scenes from a famous novel, and entire works of fiction can be recreated as an interactive gaming experience using technologies like the HP Mixed Reality Headset.

6. To enhance distance learning

VR has huge potential for remote students by enabling real-time collaboration and feedback between student and teachers. Conferencing applications can be used to deliver lectures, while students can interact and share ideas in a virtual environment.

7. To assist students with special needs

Virtual reality can be utilised as an assistive technology for students with learning disabilities by providing a virtual environment in which students can safely practise real-world skills. For example, students can do activities and take trips to places that they may not ordinarily be able to take part in due to accessibility concerns or other issues.

Interested to learn more about the potential for virtual reality in the classroom with HP devices and Intel®? Get in touch with a Cyclone expert.

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Mobile Device Managers


Q&A with mobile device managers

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Mobile devices are great tools for the classroom, providing students with new ways to learn. Although effective in many aspects, making sure they are used productively can be a challenge, with students being able to access websites unrelated to what’s being taught.

Deploying a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution is one way your school can ensure devices are being used efficiently and safely.

At Cyclone, we’ve put together a Q&A so you can get a better understanding of MDM and the benefits it can provide to your school.

What is MDM?

Mobile Device Management (MDM) is deployable software that allows IT administrators to monitor, control and enforce policies across devices such as smartphones, tablets and other devices. As a core component of mobility management, it provides security assurance, flexibility and lower equipment costs for schools.

Is it just for school owned devices or also for BYOD devices?

MDM can be deployed across both school-owned and BYOD devices. Depending on a school’s needs/device fleet, an MDM solution can be customised to meet specific educational outcomes. Simplicity is key when approaching MDM platforms which is why it’s important to align your selection to your school’s overall IT strategy.

Why do schools want it?

There are many reasons a school may want to leverage MDM. From the capability to manage devices remotely to delivering the right applications/digital content to the student’s device. With ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) an emerging trend, MDM also provides greater security and protection of data and IT infrastructure.

Why should schools deploy it?

While mobile devices allow schools to expand the classroom/ learning context, they also give students more opportunities to access inappropriate online content and expand the number of potential network vulnerabilities 1. Deploying MDM gives security assurance across a school’s device fleet while supporting mobility in student learning. Alongside this, IT leaders and teachers get autonomy over what kinds of applications get used within classrooms.

What are the potential advantages of MDM?

  • Greater autonomy with a full suite of management tools and applications
  • The ability for a school to “push out” content and applications to student devices
  • Significantly reduced device deployment and updates time for school administrators
  • Ability to focus student attention to single application
  • Ability to lock the device in a classroom environment
  • Ability to share work between groups of student screens
  • Monitoring and reporting functions across a device fleet
  • Remote management capabilities with power to disable or remove unauthorised applications and users.

Can teachers leverage MDM tools or is it solely an IT admin function?

MDM systems can be tailored for teachers to use as a tool in the classroom. Educators can utilise MDM attributes to limit access to specific applications, secure testing environments and smoothly transition from one activity to another.

Navigating what device management solution is right for you can be challenging. At Cyclone, we’re proud to partner with HP Intel® to deliver comprehensive IT managed services and solutions. If you’re interested in MDM and want to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly staff today.

1 K–12 Schools Need Strong Mobile Device Management Services, 2019, Eli Zimmerman, EdTech, https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/10/k-12-schools-need-strong-mobile-device-management-services-perfcon

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