Updated: Jan 25, 2021
The effects of VR in childhood development are fascinating. There is no limit to what can be learned through this technology: colours, animals, family, numbers, vocabulary, exploring places, and building a strong knowledge for the next generation of children.
The technology can prove helpful in teaching people with various disabilities. It can be helpful for deaf Children developing sensorial skills by learning via VR. On top of that, it is a great tool for teaching children with ADHD and Autism. This is because having a visual and auditory reference helps the child process exceedingly difficult and lengthy texts; the ability to be inside of history and understand important historical facts that otherwise he could not absorb through a big textbook. In addition, children can improve their social skills, interacting with other children through VR-games.
“Kids love to engage with [VR] lessons,” said Guido Kovalskys, chief executive officer and co-founder of US-based tech company Nearpod. "One minute, they are learning about Roman history, and the next, they are transported to ancient Rome and are exploring the Colosseum."
"We see a direct correlation between VR usage and increased engagement by students," Kovalskys said. "Added engagement boosts learning outcomes."
While some might worry about the degradation of the teacher-student relationship with the move towards online learning, VR will reinforce the traditional learning. This technology can enhance children's development, transforming difficult school classes such as Math, Geography, History, English, Physical Education, Technology, Arts, Culture into a great learning experience. VR can recreate them to help students of different ages, needs, and profiles.
Source: CNN by Emma Kennedy