Ta’allum Teachers Experience Virtual Reality

Ensuring students are engaged, motivated and challenged in their learning is a key priority for all teachers. Virtual and augmented reality is developing to unlock students’ potential by giving them new ways to experience learning. Maths and Science Secondary staff from Ta’allum Academies have recently experienced training in the use of VR in the classroom. The training was led by the Tebyan Company who are pioneering and developing its use in conjunction with the Qatar Ministry of Education.

Ground breaking new VR technology is intended to help raise student engagement and increase knowledge retention for students. The Virtual Reality headset contains a student friendly interface, gesture controls, embedded educational resources and simple-to-use teacher controls. During the training Ta’allum teachers were able to see first- hand a range of innovative content; for example Kinetic energy experienced through a thrilling rollercoaster ride, a close up vision of the inner chambers of the heart and the simulation of a Chemistry experiment.

One of the less frequently considered benefits of Virtual Reality in the classroom is the opportunity it provides for students to truly inhabit the perspectives of others. This both drives student engagement and develops empathy whilst they are creating and exploring.

Muhammad Al Fiky General Manager of Tebyan explained ‘Our goal is to enhance the educational experience of learners by positively influencing their desire to learn. The buzz and enthusiasm in a classroom when the VR headsets come out is hard to beat – and the learning potential is immense.

Dr Mohammed Saefan, Ta’allum Director of Education said Ta’allum is a forward thinking organisation and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities are growing in significance. It is important for us to develop engaging and interactive learning to inspire the new generation who have never known life without smartphones. Teachers remain central to the learning process.’

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