Virtual reality (VR) technology has revolutionized the way we learn and teach, and ClassVR is one of the leading VR education platforms on the market. By using ClassVR headsets, teachers and students can immerse themselves in interactive, virtual experiences that enhance learning and engagement.
But what about using ClassVR in paired work? Working in pairs can be a powerful learning tool, as it allows students to collaborate, communicate, and problem-solve together. Here are some tips for using ClassVR in paired work:
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Set Clear Goals and Expectations
Before starting a ClassVR activity in paired work, it's important to set clear goals and expectations for the students. This could include the objectives of the activity, how long the activity should take, and how the students should work together. By setting clear goals and expectations, students will have a better understanding of what is expected of them and will be more motivated to complete the activity.
To help students stay organized and focused, consider assigning roles to each member of the pair. For example, one student could be responsible for navigating the VR environment while the other student takes notes or describes what they’re seeing to their partner, who in turn writes down descriptive vocabulary and phrases. This can allow students to practice their language in class, developing range of vocabulary and enriching writing skills. A great example of this lesson is Beatrix Potter School in London! By using ClassVR in pairs, teachers were able to deepen students’ vocabulary and significantly improve their richness of writing.
Encourage Collaboration and Communication
Paired work is all about collaboration and communication, so it's important to encourage these skills during ClassVR activities. Encourage students to talk to each other and share their ideas and thoughts about the VR experience. Paired exploration in virtual reality can allow students to build their confidence in communicating with one another. Each child has their own individual thoughts and voice, so working in pairs gives students the opportunity to communicate their individuality safely and confidently.
ClassVR for Role Play
Taking students to practice their modern foreign language skills isn’t easy. But, with ClassVR, why not provide your students with an opportunity to role play inside an Italian Café, where one student can be the barista and the other can order food and drink! Or, why not visit a supermarket and let students practice key vocabulary and conversation skills!
Using ClassVR within Project-Based Learning
Virtual reality is a perfect fit for project-based learning! For example, your students could explore Avantis World resources like the Ocean Plastics scene in pairs – identifying an environmental problem that needs to be solved. Through working together, they can research, develop and design a solution to their chosen problem. Students can even create a digital model of their design (using tools like CoSpaces) and hold it in the palm of their hands to discuss its strengths and weaknesses. This builds their ability to work in a pair and provides them with an opportunity to give and receive constructive criticism, all while developing a product that could potentially change the world!
Use the ClassVR Dashboard
The ClassVR dashboard is a powerful tool for teachers to monitor and manage ClassVR activities in real-time. With the dashboard, teachers can see which pairs are working together, what activities they are completing, and how long they have been in VR.
Follow Up with a Class Discussion
After the ClassVR activity is complete, consider having a class discussion to debrief and reflect on the experience. This is a great opportunity for students to share their thoughts and insights, as well as ask any questions they may have.