VR Schools – classrooms in virtual reality (2020)
During the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020 time was available for programming. I used this time to develop the foundation of the VR Schools system, a 3D VR multi user, multi platform virtual classroom environment. There is some more information about this project on our VR for Teaching
This system is specifically targeted for use in school and university level education, as part of our “Teach Africa with VR” initiative.
This project has had invaluable support from the Royal Academy of Engineering, University of Johannesburg and Manchester Metropolitan University.
VR Schools is a 3D VR classroom environment for teaching in the virtual space. The teacher needs a full 6 degrees of freedom VR system such as a Valve Index or HTC Vive. The students can join from anywhere over the Internet using various platforms such as phone VR, PC, PC VR or web browser.
This system is now in a live testing stage. Working with UJ and Roosevelt High School I am experimenting with classroom scenarios to find out what does and doesn’t work, as well as attempting to quantify the effectiveness of the system.
Future ambitions for VR Schools include adding live streaming video, the ability to take classes on virtual tours to interesting places and the capability to load curriculum specific content into the virtual classroom.
If you are an educator interested in being involved with this project please contact me to discuss the possibilities.
Custom VR system builds
We have supplied various custom built VR systems over the years, both single user and multi user installations. These include systems at Sun City, University of Johannesburg, Baxter Pharmaceuticals and others. If you are interested in putting together a bespoke VR lab or other installation you are very welcome to contact me at 083 733 5133 to discuss the project.
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