In the past few months, students have enrolled at our school from Puerto Rico. They are from low-income households and they are receiving free or reduced-price lunch. Academically they are in the lowest 25% of their grade level. Regardless of their hardships, they all show a desire to learn and aspire to be successful. They are respectful, cooperative, and love to use technology as a learning tool.
Newly enrolled students from Puerto Rico have special needs, are limited by their financial situations, and are curious and inquisitive about the world around them.
I need to do all I can during school hours to engage, motivate, and inspire my students to learn, so they can become well-developed, independent and productive young men and women.
Since Hurricane Maria parents have greater financial strains. Traveling outside of the state of Florida much less the United States is a rare circumstance. My goal is to be able to take them around the world using smartphones for Virtual Reality. This is part 2 of my Virtual Reality classroom projects. Part 1 includes various Virtual Reality Headsets.
Since Hurricane Maria, parents have greater financial strains. Traveling outside of the state of Florida much less the United States is a rare circumstance. Virtual reality allows students to experience social studies in a whole new way. Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that takes you on captivating, enchanting, and memorable field trips all over the United States, as well as, the world. Students can visit historical landmarks as if they are right there in person. They can take a tour of the human anatomy, and even visit outer space in a life-like environment. Google Expedition Classroom will enable me to act as a personal tour guide, lead my special explores through history, and explore the world while using images and pointing out interesting sites along the way. Virtual Reality will allow students to experience life-changing field trips, that are not in their immediate reach.
With virtual reality, students can be transported anywhere in time, in place, and experience the world essentially in the classroom while being immersed in learning.
For my Special Needs Students, Virtual Reality apps provide engaging academic lessons that meet the needs of each learner, as well as, provide social skills, eye contact and verbal interaction with peers. With the aid of smartphone devices such as Figo Prime, Apple, and Nokia, this project will not only engage students in social studies but give them visual and auditory reinforcements which translate into real life learning. With virtual reality headsets, glasses, and refurbished smartphones, my students will be able to interact with history, access virtual games, as well as, create videos that reflect their unique experiences. This is part 2 of my Virtual Reality classroom projects. Part 1 includes various Virtual Reality Headsets.
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