Working with a team of dreamers, we developed and pitched an idea for a VR Lab to take the place of an older computer lab. In August, that space became fully functional. So far, my Georgia Studies students have looked inside Savannah in VR, experienced an American Revolution battle, hunkered down in a Civil War trench, and stood inside the room where the Declaration of Independence was written.
While our experiences have been incredible, I want to make sure they are coupled with good pedagogy. Experiences for the sake of experience are useless without good reflection and a tie to literacy and writing. Virtual tours come with leveled writing prompts, critical thinking questions, and activities to help students retain knowledge. For every headset, there is a projector so that we can involve as many students as possible.