The other day as I was driving home from school and I started to think about why I have found VR to be so powerful for my students. I reflected on my love for travel and realized it stemmed from all the trips I took as a child. When I was 9 and 11 my parents decided to pack up our Dodge Grand Caravan for 11 and 9 weeks and drive across the U.S. I remember initially kicking and screaming about how they "ruined" my summer by taking me away from all of my friends and summer activities. Yet, what I experienced in those two summers is something that has stuck with me and even translated into how I teach.
This is the reason I have found VR to be so important for my students. It provides them the opportunity to travel the world when the means aren't there. I can give them the experiences I had growing up as a child (without spending hours stuck in the back seat of a minivan)! My hope is that for those 15-20 minutes when they are using the VR viewer my students are transported to a whole new world. They can experience something new and exciting and make connections that lasts a lifetime. Having the ability to send my students places I could only imagine going as a child is a dream. I hope that even if they are only being transport through the lens of a VR viewer my students walk away with the sense of adventure that going somewhere new has to offer. With that said, that is why I believe every student deserves VR.