900 ClassVR devices have been rolled out to 30 of the council’s primary and secondary schools. The virtual reality (VR) headsets are specifically designed to be used in the classroom to increase knowledge retention,encourage greater student engagement and spark their imaginations. The council hopes that this investment will ensure that 3D learning becomes an embedded part of teaching for all pupils. Full and comprehensive training is being provided to school staff by training partners the Tablet Academy to ensure students get the best experience.
Designed by award-winning education technology company Avantis, the devices are designed for pupils of all ages to provide them with a 3D virtual reality learning experience. It gives them access to hundreds of virtual and augmented reality activities and uses curriculum-aligned content along with structured lesson plans to help them visualise and understand complex education subjects. VR headsets allow students to engage in experimental learning.
Using Tech to Bring Learning to Life
Councillor Paul O’Kane, Convener for Education and Equalities at East Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are committed to providing the best learning experiences possible for all our pupils. By investing in this kind of immersive technology it will provide our children with experiences and sensations that they may never experience in reality and brings learning to life in a way that ignites their imagination.”
“As the first local authority in the UK to make this commitment to virtual reality, there is no doubt that East Renfrewshire will continue to be at the very forefront of digital learning in the country. Combined with traditional teaching methods these virtual reality headsets will enhance our pupils’ learning experiences and push them to new heights.”
“This initiative will equip our young people for the increasingly digitised world in which we live and I’m sure the benefits will be fantastic. We have already seen from our successful pilot project that pupils using the headsets had a significant increase in engagement and knowledge retention, so I’m looking forward to seeing the benefits of this investment across the whole area.”
Nik Tuson, CEO of Avantis Systems, added: “We are delighted to be a part of this ground-breaking roll-out by East Renfrewshire. We have seen incredible results in the classroom from the introduction of virtual and augmented reality during lessons, and the positive impact it has on student engagement. We’re excited to see the outcomes of this project and are working closely with the authority to ensure a smooth and successful deployment.”