Virtual reality in the classroom
What technology do I need?
Introducing VR for the first time to can take longer than you expect. We recommend the following:
- Budget time to learn how to use the headset ahead of the lesson.
- Try out some of the VR apps beforehand, so you are familiar with what your students will experience.
- Demonstrate how to set up and focus the device to produce a clear image.
- Create “AR/VR zones.” Section off an area in the room where VR and AR will be used.
- AR works best on a table with space to walk around it.
- Set some ground rules with your students using our guide below.
- Discuss the potential intensity of immersive experiences with your students.
Set ground rules
Set ground rules with your class to maintain a safe and comfortable space for everyone.
Consider posting these in the room.
Here are some suggested ground rules:
- Only disturb the person using a VR headset to prevent an accident.
- Take care of your crew! Keep track of the time and keep the VR player from bumping into things.
- Take breaks! After 5 minutes using the headset, change roles to allow your crewmates a chance to try.
- Share your experience! Tell your crew or buddy what you are seeing.
- Keep an arm's length distance from the person using the VR headset so they can move freely.
- Respect the devices!
- Be gentle with the equipment.
- When your turn is up, clean the headset and headphones.
- Plug in your device to be charged.
Create a safe space for immersion
Students with sensory issues may need extra care. Those students requiring a one-on-one support worker should continue to have this person support them as they progress through immersive experiences.
Here are some additional tips to ensure your everyone enjoys a safe VR experience!
- Limit play to 5-10 minutes to minimize risk of nausea, dizziness or eye strain.
- Keep glasses on: most headsets will work with them.
- Provide seating: some students may feel safer if seated in a swivel chair when using VR.