LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Technology is changing the way we live and teach each day.
Students in one school in central Pennsylvania are now using it to put them on the cutting edge of learning.
“They can interact in real time, where everywhere they look that’s what they see,” says Dan Woleslagle, a sixth-grade teacher at Lycoming Valley Intermediate School.
A virtual reality lesson- from a cardboard box. Woleslagle introduced virtual reality to his students this year. He went to the district to purchase 30 iPods and headsets to teach virtual, virtually anywhere.
“Right now I am on top of a tower dangling in the air in the middle of it,” said sixth-grade student Ryan Stewart.
Stewart and his classmates are seeing San Francisco in 3D. It’s a lesson in studying fog and how it helps moisturize the city.
“They will actually virtually go to the area itself and interact with the wilderness, and see how the fog changes the landscape,” says Woleslagle.
Students can study all lessons across all subjects using the device, not just science.
Woleslagle teaches science, math, history, geography, and more. With just a click of an app, he uses headsets in the classroom to help his students grasp what he’s teaching.
“it’s really helpful because it deepens your experience of learning,” says sixth-grade student Matt Smith. “It really feels like you are there.”
Smith has had his own virtual reality, known as V-R headset, for a couple of months now. For other students, they are experiencing a glimpse of new technology first hand.
Woleslagle was able to purchase the virtual reality equipment with an $8,500 grant provided by the district’s education foundation.