School Virtual Reality: News & Views

The latest articles and updates on successfully using Virtual Reality in school

VR Awards Finalist Logo
24
Jun
ClassVR announced as VR Awards finalists for 2019
ClassVR announced as VR Award finalists for 2019 The world’s first Virtual and Augmented Reality set designed specifically for schools, ClassVR from Avantis has been announced as finalists in both the VR Education and Training of the Year category and the Innovative VR Company of the Year category in the VR Awards 2019. With numerous [...]
Posted in: Press Releases,
Inclusive ClassVR CODiE Award
19
Jun
Inclusive ClassVR wins CODiE Award 2019
Inclusive ClassVR wins CODiE Award 2019 ClassVR from Avantis Education has partnered with Inclusive Technology, the market leading supplier of assistive technology for special education to bring together the first virtual reality solution for special schools around the world. Special and early education is all about learning through experiences. Rather than sitting in front of a [...]
Posted in: Press Releases,
24
May
Minecraft 3D Models
Minecraft 3D Models Minecraft has come a long way in the last few years. Since its release in 2011 the creative ‘sandbox’ game has gone from underground, indie building simulator to worldwide creative phenomenon. While teachers will no doubt be familiar with some of the terminology by now (Creepers? The Nether? Ender Dragon?) what you [...]
Posted in: Virtual Reality Teacher Lesson Ideas,
10
May
The ClassVR Community Portal
The ClassVR Community Portal One of the most exciting things about the ClassVR Portal is the sheer quantity of content that is available to its users. Through the ClassVR Subscriptions section of the Libraries pane at portal.classvr.com you have access to not only the wealth of content uploaded by our team of Educational Specialists (including [...]
Posted in: Virtual Reality Teacher Lesson Ideas,
Moon Landing 2
02
May
PHYSICS VR CASE STUDY: Magnificent Desolation (Student Age 9 -13)
PHYSICS VR CASE STUDY: Magnificent Desolation (Student Age 9 -13)Inspyro "Beautiful, beautiful, magnificent desolation’ Buzz Aldrin’s description of his impression of the lunar surface is not as iconic or as remembered as Neil Armstrong’s ‘one small step...’ As a child, I watched the moon landings and was in awe of the astronauts, bouncing around the [...]
Two Red Arrows aeroplanes in flight
30
Apr
PHYSICS VR CASE STUDY: The Science of Flight (Student Age 11 -13)
PHYSICS VR CASE STUDY: The Science of Flight (Student Age 11 -13)Red Arrows. Royal Air Force "A big aim of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team is to inspire the next generation - potential future pilots, engineers and technicians. The Red Arrows is one of the world’s premier display teams and has provided great footage [...]
25
Apr
SCIENCE VR CASE STUDY: Space (Student Age 9 -10)
SCIENCE VR CASE STUDY: Space (Student Age 9 -10)Tablet Academy "This lesson is intended as a hook at the beginning of the topic so no prior knowledge is assumed, although most students will have a basic understanding of the solar system and gravity. This lesson would fit in well to a scheme of work which [...]
23
Apr
SCIENCE & COMPUTING VR CASE STUDY: Polar Exploration (Student Age 9 -11)
SCIENCE & COMPUTING VR CASE STUDY: Polar Exploration (Age 9 -11)Exning Primary School "We start every topic with a ‘sparkling start’ to engage the children; for our ‘Explorers’ topic, we used the ClassVR headsets to look at different environments to immerse the children in such a way that they could really explore and compare each [...]
Team training in Sri Lanka
18
Apr
ClassVR: Sri Lanka Ministry of Education
ClassVR: Sri Lanka Ministry of Education Following a competitive tendering process, Avantis was awarded a contract to deliver 3000 headsets to over 460 schools in Sri Lanka.  The 13 Years Guaranteed Education programme is an ambitious project being undertaken by the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka to improve standards of education across the country [...]
Posted in: Classroom VR Headset Management, VR in School,
18
Apr
ENGLISH VR CASE STUDY: Comprehension Skills (Student Age 9 -11)
ENGLISH VR CASE STUDY: Comprehension Skills (Student Age 9 -11)Brecknock Primary School "A key focus within our school is to ensure children are given the right tools to become successful readers and are able to fully comprehend high-level texts independently." "​Inference was a clear domain children struggled with across the school when analysing assessment data." [...]
16
Apr
EARLY YEARS VR CASE STUDY: Early Communication (Student Age 3 -4)
EARLY YEARS VR CASE STUDY: Early Communication (Student Age 3 -4)Fleet Primary School "This lesson took place in a nursery class of 23 children aged three to four; there is a high proportion of English as an additional language and bilingual pupils." "Our baseline assessments demonstrate a low entry level for most children in communication [...]
10
Apr
EARLY YEARS VR CASE STUDY: Cave Exploration (Student Age 5 -6)
EARLY YEARS VR CASE STUDY: Cave Exploration (Student Age 5 -6)Kinnwood Central School, Ontario, Canada "Our students first practiced using the VR headsets to explore hot air balloons. This was sparked after reading the story “Not a Box”.  After heavily investigating what a hot air balloon looked like up close, and how it moves, our [...]
08
Apr
SCIENCE VR CASE STUDY: Animals & Their Adaptations (Student Age 6 -7)
SCIENCE VR CASE STUDY: Animals & Their Adaptations (Student Age 6 -7)Avantis Education "This lesson works really well as part of a sequence where students have already begun to think about animals they’re familiar with from their own environment, in small habitats nearby (e.g. a school pond or garden, or even a large tree)." "It’s [...]
29
Mar
GEOGRAPHY VR CASE STUDY: Natural Disaster Strikes! (Student Age 7 -11)
GEOGRAPHY VR CASE STUDY: Natural Disaster Strikes! (Student Age 7 -11)Avantis Education "This lesson works really well as part of a sequence where students are exploring what causes different disasters around the world; it enables teachers to expand their pupils’ geographical vocabulary by honing their understanding of the Richter Scale, environmental changes and natural phenomenon." [...]
27
Mar
CROSS-CURRICULAR VR CASE STUDY: VR Tour of our School (Age 10 – 11)
CROSS-CURRICULAR VR CASE STUDY: VR Tour of our School (Age 10 - 11)Brooklands Primary School "The overall school topic was “This is me. This is us!” The class were asked what this title meant to them and we decided to make a virtual tour of the school, which tied in with our Design and Technology [...]
25
Mar
MATHEMATICS VR CASE STUDY: Creating 3D Shapes (Student Age 9 -10)
MATHEMATICS VR CASE STUDY: Creating 3D Shapes (Student Age 9 -10)Avantis Education "Before I started working for Avantis I was a Year Five teacher for three years and I was always looking for new ways to embed computing across the curriculum. One really exciting way to do this is using Paint 3D to create 3D [...]
22
Mar
GEOGRAPHY VR CASE STUDY: Under the Sea (Student Age 6 – 7)
GEOGRAPHY VR CASE STUDY: Under the Sea (Student Age 6 - 7)Beatrix Potter School "The children had completed a series of lessons on The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and had been focussing on using imaginative adjectives to describe a scene." "Part of the unit of work was based around expanding their vocabulary [...]
20
Mar
HISTORY VR CASE STUDY: Bringing History to Life (Student Age 8 – 9)
HISTORY VR CASE STUDY: Bringing History to Life (Student Age 8 - 9)Ardleigh Green Junior School "This session served as a springboard and initial introduction for a teaching sequence focused around historical sites of ancient civilisations. The objective was to make sure pupils were able to explore both the human and physical comparative points between [...]
18
Mar
HISTORY & COMPUTING VR CASE STUDY: The Future is History (Age 12 -13)
HISTORY & COMPUTING CASE STUDY: The Future is History (Age 12 -13)Mosslands School "After meeting with several departments, I developed a cross-curricular project between history and computing. By using ‘CoSpaces’, alongside the ClassVR headsets, pupils were able to create their own virtual world. A piece of work by which they could demonstrate both their understanding [...]
15
Mar
BIOLOGY VR CASE STUDY: The Human Body (Student Age 10 -11)
BIOLOGY VR CASE STUDY: The Human Body (Student Age 10 -11)Heathfield Primary School "This was the children’s first lesson in their Science topic – The Human Body. The idea was to immerse them in learning which would hook their interest in how various parts of the body functioned and worked." "The medium term plan was [...]
13
Mar
COMPUTING VR CASE STUDY: Minecraft Meets ClassVR (Student Age 7 -11)
COMPUTING VR CASE STUDY: Minecraft Meets ClassVR (Student Age 7 -11)Emmanuel College, Queensland, Australia "Students have been invited to join a Minecraft server hosted by the teacher to build individual homes from a central path. The students need to build in a manner which shows how to be a good digital citizen, recognising their footprint [...]
11
Mar
HISTORY VR CASE STUDY: Experiencing the Trenches (Student Age 10 -11)
HISTORY VR CASE STUDY: Experiencing the Trenches (Student Age 10 -11)Crowlands Primary School, London "This year marked the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War One, and Year 6 pupils at Crowlands Primary School marked the occasion by writing a piece from the point of view of those brave soldiers in the cold, unforgiving [...]
08
Mar
GEOGRAPHY & SCIENCE VR CASE STUDY: Generation Ocean: Coral Reefs (Student Age 11+)
GEOGRAPHY & SCIENCE VR CASE STUDY: Ocean: Coral Reefs (Age 11+)ANGARI Foundation & Academy of the Holy Names, FL, USA "Using Virtual Reality and 360 film, 3D printed and fossil coral specimens and related lessons, students were introduced to corals and reef ecosystems in preparation for a field trip to the Florida Keys. This served [...]
06
Mar
COMPUTING VR CASE STUDY: VR Worlds (Student Age 9 – 10)
COMPUTING VR CASE STUDY: VR Worlds (Student Age 9 - 10)Elm Park Primary School, Hornchurch, Essex "The students explored the virtual world and how it can be used in the classroom. Over a period of six lessons, they built their own virtual worlds using CoSpaces. Some of the key vocabulary we explored in this unit [...]
04
Mar
SCIENCE VR CASE STUDY: Seasonal Change (Student Age 5 – 6)
SCIENCE VR CASE STUDY: Seasonal Change (Student Age 5 - 6)Minet Infant School, London "Children had been learning about seasonal change; we focused on the characteristics and features of Autumn, Winter and Spring to provide scaffolding and background about the other seasons, thinking about how they each feel, smell and look." Iona Bullard Age 5 [...]
Trimming Your Video
01
Mar
Editing 360 Your Own Content using Windows 10
Editing Your Own 360 Content using Windows 10 As more and more of our users are exploring the potential of using their own content on their ClassVR headsets we are seeing an increasing number of requests for a simple editing tool to help tweak, trim and tinker with user generated content. Fortunately, if you are [...]
Posted in: Virtual Reality Teacher Lesson Ideas,
01
Mar
COMPUTING VR CASE STUDY: Creating in CoSpaces (Student Age 5 – 7)
COMPUTING VR CASE STUDY: Creating in CoSpaces (Student Age 5 - 7)Grange Primary School, London "Students were exposed to Virtual Reality for the first time during their lesson on ‘Space’. They had the experience of viewing the individual planets and the solar system as a whole in 3D. These experiences facilitated the students to better [...]
27
Feb
MATHEMATICS VR CASE STUDY: Estimation & Prediction (Student Age 5 – 7)
MATHEMATICS VR CASE STUDY: Estimation & Prediction (Student Age 5 - 7)Anson Primary School, London "As part of our mission to embed Virtual Reality across the curriculum, we have begun to use the technology to create opportunities for independent exploration and creative mathematical thinking." "Geometry, estimation, prediction and logical reasoning are all key areas of [...]
25
Feb
SPANISH VR CASE STUDY: Spanish Vocabulary (Student Age 9 – 10)
SPANISH VR CASE STUDY: Spanish Vocabulary (Student Age 9 - 10)Granard Primary School (London) “The idea of this lesson is to allow students to read, speak and familiarise themselves with Spanish vocabulary. As part of our Spanish scheme of work, the children studied a unit called ‘La Casa’. In this unit, the children explored objects [...]
22
Feb
ENGLISH VR CASE STUDY: Fly, Eagle, Fly (Student Age 7 – 8)
ENGLISH VR CASE STUDY: Fly, Eagle, Fly (Student Age 7 - 8)St Stephen’s CE Primary, London "Our Literacy learning was focused on stories with a moral. We had been reading ‘Fly, Eagle, Fly’ and were beginning to think about writing our own story with a focus on setting description. To inspire our own writing, we [...]
Christmas Lantern
20
Feb
ENGLISH VR CASE STUDY: Writing a Christmas Story (Student Age 8 – 9)
ENGLISH VR CASE STUDY: Writing a Christmas Story (Student Age 8 - 9)Marlorough Primary School, London "We used VR to write the third section of our Christmas stories, describing the journey on Santa’s sleigh to the North Pole. Prior to this, children had been given the opportunity to meet a reindeer and ask questions about [...]
18
Feb
ENGLISH VR CASE STUDY: Out of this World Writing (Age 9 – 11)
ENGLISH VR CASE STUDY: Out of this World Writing (Age 9 - 11)Penybont Primary School, Bridgend, Wales “This session slotted into a teaching sequence for narrative writing, which linked well with our studies in Science (finding out about the Earth and space). Prior to the lesson, students had already used the ClassVR headsets in pairs" [...]
15
Feb
HISTORY VR CASE STUDY: Jacobites (Student Age 9 – 10)
HISTORY VR CASE STUDY: Jacobites (Student Age 9 - 10)ESMS Junior School, Scotland “Video and still footage was taken at Killiecrankie at the site at which Donald McBane allegedly leapt 5.5 metres across the raging River Garry whilst escaping his Jacobite pursuers." "I also visited Culloden Battlefield and took footage of the Memorial Cairn, the [...]
13
Feb
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY VR CASE STUDY: Print 3D Spinning Tops AR (Age 10 – 12)
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY CASE STUDY: Print 3D Spinning Tops (Age 10 - 12)Avantis Education "It’s crucial that students have had the opportunity to explore some manufactured small spinning tops of various types, so they can begin making predictions about what makes them work effectively. Students also need experience using basic tools in a 3D modelling [...]
School Teacher Using VR Spanish
11
Feb
SPANISH VR CASE STUDY: Inside “El Quijote” (Student Age 15 – 18)
SPANISH VR CASE STUDY: Inside El Quijote (Student Age 15 - 18)New Braunfels High School, Texas, USA “In my Advanced Placement Spanish Literature and Culture course, students are required to tackle a large quantity of required readings in the target language. An example of this are the required chapters to be covered from Miguel de [...]
06
Feb
GEOGRAPHY VR CASE STUDY: Weather & The Seasons (Student Age 5 – 6)
GEOGRAPHY VR CASE STUDY: Weather & The Seasons (Student Age 5 - 6)Prince Albert Primary School (Birmingham) “Children had previously looked at the four seasons and what they associated with each season. They had looked at weather and what weather to expect in each season; we explored simple reasons as to why certain weather is [...]
06
Dec
Creating Virtual Reality Content Using ClassVR
Creating Virtual Reality Content Using ClassVR As teachers, we know that creativity is at the heart of everything we do – whether it’s in creative writing, art, music or drama – or even maths and science. However, digital literacy is now becoming one of the most important features of the school curriculum, and being creative [...]
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delville wood cemetery 360 image
08
Nov
Virtual Reality and Remembrance Day
Virtual Reality and Remembrance Day 2018 marks 100 years since the end of the Great War. One of the bloodiest conflicts of human history, the First World War brought with it unprecedented levels of destruction and by the time the guns fell silent in 1918 it had claimed over 16 million lives. Teachers across the [...]
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Hurricane Damage Portal
13
Sep
Hurricane Florence: Helping Students Understand Natural Disasters
Hurricane Florence: Helping Students Understand Natural Disasters It can be difficult to talk to younger children about how the events they see in the news are affecting people in different parts of the world. Because their life experience is generally relatively limited, they can struggle to imagine what it is like for people they have [...]
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Future World
05
Sep
International Literacy Day – 8th September 2018
International Literacy Day - 8th September 2018 Schools across the country will be coming back this week and many teachers will want to hook their children back into writing straight away. So, look no further – ClassVR is here to provide all the stimuli you will need. Our Playlist, Fantasy Settings, hosts 10 magical images [...]
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ClassVR Portal
28
Aug
ClassVR Videos are Here!
ClassVR Videos are Here! One of the most popular requests we hear at ClassVR HQ is the inclusion of more videos on the ClassVR Portal. Teachers and students love using the videos that we already have (the ‘shark experience’ is almost always the most popular track when I am working with schools) and we know [...]
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springcherryblossom
06
Aug
Watching The Seasons Change with ClassVR
Watching The Seasons Change with ClassVR This is part of our Lesson Plan Focus series. To download samples of the planning materials that come included in the ClassVR Subscription, see http://www.classvr.com/school-curriculum-content-subjects/sample-lesson-plans/ It goes without saying that real experience in the outdoors is absolutely essential to give children first-hand knowledge about the cycles of nature. The [...]
Posted in: Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Virtual Reality Teacher Lesson Ideas,
Exporting and Uploading Files
01
Aug
Heathcliffe! It’s me Paint 3D, I’ve Come Home!
Heathcliffe! It's me, Paint 3D, I've Come Home! If you have recently purchased your ClassVR headsets, or even if you are a long-time user, it almost goes without saying that one of the most important things for you and your school will be creating your own content. Luckily for you, if you are a Windows [...]
Posted in: Virtual Reality Teacher Lesson Ideas,
06
Jul
Using ClassVR to Promote Language Learning at AGB Foreign Languages Centre
Using ClassVR to Promote Language Learning at AGB Foreign Languages CentreAGB Foreign Languages Centre, Athens, Greece AGB Foreign Language Centre has been operating since 1977. With more than 40 years of experience in teaching English as a Foreign Language, they have made it their commitment to teach students, not only the language skills required to successfully [...]
Posted in: Primary Schools, School VR Case Studies,
World Cup Map 2018
02
Jul
The World Cup, Fair Play and Building Empathy
The World Cup, Fair Play and Building Empathy Wherever in the world you are, the FIFA World Cup 2018 has undoubtedly been a hot topic of conversation. Here in England, we are waiting with bated breath for our first match of the knockout stages as we watch some of the giants of the game like [...]
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Students with Headsets
28
Jun
LGfL and Avantis Education Announce Strategic Partnership
LGfL and Avantis Education announce Strategic Partnership LGfL and Avantis are delighted to announce a strategic partnership to accelerate Virtual and Augmented Reality learning across nearly 3,000 schools in the UK. The initiative will save an estimated £500,000 and provide free access to the award-winning ClassVR portal containing hundreds of VR and AR resources, CPD [...]
Posted in: Press Releases,
ClassVr Headsets
26
Jun
Emmanuel College Use ClassVR as a Multi-Faceted Resource
Emmanuel College UsesClassVR as a Multi-Faceted ResourceEmmanuel College, Carrara, Australia Emmanuel College is a co-educational, multi-denominational school located in Carrara on the Gold Coast. The College offers schooling from Prep through to Year 12 and has approximately 1600 students on campus. The school prides itself on developing students that are extensively engaged in their personal growth and [...]
Posted in: Primary Schools, School VR Case Studies,
Oak Run Middle Hill Students
11
Jun
Using ClassVR for Virtual Field Trips at Oak Run Middle School
Using ClassVR for Virtual Field Trips at Oak Run Middle SchoolOak Run Middle School, Texas Oak Run Middle School is a secondary campus in New Braunfels, Texas, that has almost 1,000 students in grades 6-8. Below is a first-hand description of the exciting benefits of ClassVR and how Oak Run Middle School have already seen [...]
Posted in: Primary Schools, School VR Case Studies,
World Cup Map 2018
08
Jun
FIFA world Cup
FIFA World Cup It's nearly that time again – love it or loathe it, World Cup fever is about to sweep the globe once more! With the first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia scheduled to kick off on Thursday 14th June, it presents the ideal opportunity to engage your students in conversations about geography, [...]
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04
Jun
Post SATS Virtual Reality Lessons
Post SATS Virtual Reality Lessons Up and down the UK teachers and students alike are breathing a sigh of relief – the Key Stage 2 SATS tests are (almost) over! However, with the writing assessments on the horizon and a full half term left to fill it is important to keep the learning focus going [...]
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