It's the adventures of Ms.Frizzle and The Magic School Bus come to life. Students at St. Rose Catholic Elementary School showed off how they use virtual and augmented reality to immerse themselves in different subjects at a demonstration Monday. “The best thing is the sounds,” said Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board principal of information technology, Douglas Sadler. The VR and AR programs will be used to enhance the existing curriculum. After learning content in a traditional lecture and textbook manner, students will have access to learn at their own pace using the technology.
“For students to be wanting to do something, the learning has to be accessible,” said Sidi, who really likes that students can work at their own pace and choose what to focus on. “This is accessible for students of all skill level.” Sidney Burrell, a Grade 5 student at St. Rose loves that she doesn't have to sit at her desk to learn. “Instead of just telling us how it works, we can actually see it. It's super fun and it's a different way of learning,” said Burrell. A classroom VR kit costs $9,000 and comes with 20 sets of goggles and devices. For AR, Sadler says they can use a school's existing tablets or purchase second hand devices.