Educators are concerned that kids don’t seem to have the attention span to engage with conventional learning.
In the article “How Virtual Reality can close learning gaps in your classroom”, the author states that “Much has been written about social media’s impact on our diminishing attention span, which may now be even shorter than that of a goldfish.
There are exceptions; many of us are able to engage for extended periods of time when gaming or using simulations.Research has shown that we remember 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, and up to 90% of what we do or simulate. ”
Virtual Reality companies hope that the full immersion of the virtual reality environment will ensure the child will focus.
Perhaps full immersion is not even required to provide “simulation”. Children also seem to be able to focus when “immersed” in games that simulate a world. The interactivity of Minecraft and games like it enable kids to focus, learn and be creative.
Perhaps interactive story telling, aka “simulation” is the future of learning. With or without VR goggles.
How Virtual Reality can close learning gaps in your classroom: