Bringing the classroom into the 21st century I

n the second of our features this month on ed tech in the classroom, timed to coincide with the Bett Show, we hear from Shahar Bin-Nun, CEO at HumanEyes Technologies Ltd, on the use of virtual reality (VR) cameras and video in the classroom; and we look at the work The Constellation Trust and RM Education are doing in partnership to deliver excellent ICT across the whole Trust.

significant benefits it offers teachers, pupils and parents alike.

“The latest advancements in VR technology have made it much easier to use, and now affordable for every educator. The technology provides the opportunity to engage students and deliver content for incredibly immersive experiences, taking them to and putting them inside the story of another city, country or environment either by viewing through a VR headset or through a web browser. “VR is fast becoming the new media for all storytelling faculties, be it film, art, theatre or journalism and there are thousands of VR videos hosted on websites like YouTube and Vimeo. Videos include tours of wonders of the world, museums and cities, there are also those that offer experiences such as sky diving, flying in the cockpit of a plane or scuba diving. All of which provide inspirational, virtual field trips without the need or expense of leaving the classroom, inspiring imagination and cultivating curiosity in ways that traditional videos or text books simply can’t.

Shahar Bin-Nun

Firstly, according to Shahar Bin-Nun, VR is destined to be the next big thing in classroom technology.

“VR, and with it 360-degree video, is set to be the next technology to revolutionise teaching and learning in the classroom, thanks to the

“These videos allow viewers to navigate their way through them, looking at the parts of the scene that they find most interesting, as in real life, rather than being a passenger as is the case with traditional video. This active experience and learning engages more senses and helps to embed knowledge, and by placing school children in the shoes of another person, it will also encourage them to feel and experience empathy. “Offering an immersive experience that takes

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the viewer to another world, country or event is an incredibly powerful experience. However, to truly unlock the potential from this technology, schools and pupils themselves need to become the creators.

“There are several uses for VR video cameras in schools. They can be taken on school trips so that they can be re-lived back in the classroom to enhance learning in a fun way. Children can also take the cameras home over a weekend to record a birthday party or football match to show the class the following week.

“The cameras also allow teachers to record lessons and watch them back from the children’s

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