Students at Alice and Nahum Lainer School have visited some of the most amazing places on Earth, all without ever leaving the classroom. According to Doug Hinko, Director of Innovation and Curriculum Integration, the J-STEAM education team is working to bring students the most authentic learning experiences possible. “As part of that effort, we are excited to bring Augmented and Virtual Reality to our classrooms at Lainer School,” Mr. Hinko shared. “Virtual Reality gives our students an immersive experience that provides the opportunity to ‘visit’ thousands of different places on earth, right from their classrooms.”
Students no longer have to imagine what it would be like to compare a Shabbat service at the Western Wall with prayer rituals at the Great Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; they can experience it for themselves. The technology also allows students to “travel” through the digestive system and see how systems of the body work together, as opposed to just reading about it in a textbook, and observe first hand the impact climate change has on our environment by comparing various geographical locations.
“These are just a few examples of how augmented and virtual realities can help our students gain better understandings, insights and heightened perspectives about the world in which they live,” said Mr. Hinko. “Students can even create their own virtual and augmented reality content using various technology tools we have available to them. We are excited to share this cutting edge technology with your students this year to help inspire, engage and challenge their thinking.”