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Ms. Austin from Opa Locka FL is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Explorations in VR

My students need a display monitor, mouse, and projection keyboard that meet the requirements to run the Oculus Rift headset.

  • $491 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

Our school is a small alternative educational setting that serves approximately 100 students of multi-ethnic, and low and middle-income backgrounds. Students reside in the northern section of Miami-Dade County. Our students are administratively assigned as a result of severe violations of the Student Code of Conduct within the traditional school setting.

Our students face numerous challenges that impede their academic success.

A significant percentage of our students are in the care of the Department of Children and Families. Many students are currently involved in the juvenile court system because of their participation in unlawful activities at school and in the community. Furthermore, 48% of the student body has been identified as "Habitually Truant", as evidenced by 15 or more unexcused absences in one school year, by MDCPS Attendance Services.

My Project

We want to provide our students with experiences in science, history, arts, and culture found around the world. Several of our classes have collaborated and purchased the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. It’s important to us that students have access to technology that could facilitate their learning beyond the classroom. VR is an engaging way to understand static science diagrams that fail to capture a student's imagination. VR Education has a bright future and it has been proven that some material is easier to learn when it is visualized and the learner is able to interact with it and manipulate variables.

VR Educational programs are vast in subjects and highly engaging.

We have purchased a computer and Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. However, we need a display monitor and mouse that meets the requirement to run the Oculus Rift headset. As an instructor, I will be using the Oculus Rift to provide short, structured lessons to support instruction. Students will use the virtual environment as a training tool to learn how to practice and refine a skill. We will use virtual environments, like Minecraft and Second Life, in which students create things adhering to prescriptive rules of user behavior and also Virtual Reality for Education, conducive to deeper, more creative learning.

Ms. Austin
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Samsung C27F591 27-Inch Curved Monitor (Built-in Speaker Included) • Amazon Business $309.90 1 $309.90
G602 Lag-Free Wireless Gaming Mouse – 11 Programmable Buttons, Up to 2500 DPI • Amazon Business $39.00 1 $39.00
AGS Wireless Laser Projection Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard for Iphone, Ipad, Smartphone and Tablets • Amazon Business $31.99 1 $31.99

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