The wizardry of Harry Potter could not have created more excitement as the experience of virtual reality enveloped Isis District State High School much to the delight of teachers and the student body.
A trial program utilising virtual reality equipment from Bundaberg Regional Library is currently underway for the benefit of students and staff at the Childers based high school.
Representatives from the Library visited the school recently to acquaint staff with the equipment and to provide an initial two hours training.
Library staff members Stephen Harris and Josh McCullough delivered the training and provided advice on the range of suitable apps to utilise with the equipment for the benefit of students.
Arts teacher Nadene Jones was in raptures after using the VR equipment for the first time.
“I was using a creative arts program and the manner in which you can immerse yourself in the program and the brilliance of the colours was simply stunning,” said Nadene.
“I can see all sorts of possibilities for students engaged in creative arts and multi media studies. The layering effects are precisely what is required in graphic design and this is just such a powerful insight into that creativity.”
“School days are shaping up as a lot more interesting for Isis High students with this technology adding a stunning learning dimension,” said Nadene.
A whole new world of learning
Science teacher Ben McCullough said the use of Virtual Reality would open a whole new world of learning for students.
“Looking at a program of the human body, it is astounding how in-depth the exploration of bone structure, muscle mass and how organs work can be. I’m sure it will have some initial novelty value at first, but it will also be seriously engaging for students in the learning process.”
Josh McCullough said Council had eight of the Virtual Reality sets and was keen to see them utilised in learning situations across the region.
“It’s a positive move to be able to partner with Isis High and we believe the program has potential for all areas where education and learning are being applied.”
The equipment will be loaned free of charge for the duration of a school term with extension allowances.
School Principal Chris Gill said the opportunity for staff and students to experience the world of virtual reality is truly exciting.
“I am very appreciative of the support from the Bundaberg Regional Library in providing this wonderful addition to our ICT resources. This is another example of the very strong and productive relationship that exists between our school and the Bundaberg Regional Council which is of great benefit to our students.
The Library staff will explore further distribution of the VR equipment and are happy to consider requests from appropriate education providers with innovative uses for the equipment.
Enquiries can be directed to Stephen or Josh at the Bundaberg Regional Library on 1300 883 699.
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