HUNTINGBURG, Ind. (WEHT) – Forest Park High school has some new technology that makes learning more fun and more real.
The virtual reality goggles program will give students a chance to see parts of the world and experience new things without having to leave their desks.
Joseph Keller, a Social Studies teacher at Forest Park wanted a new way to engage the kids and get them excited about learning.
Mr. Keller said the teachers use the virtual reality goggles for lessons in English, History, Social Studies, Health class, and more.
Eyewitness News’ Kelly Austin got to visit Mr. Keller’s class VR today where the kids were virtually in the trenches of a World War I battle.
Student, Bethany Critchfield said the experience of being in the trenches was sad and she came to the realization of just how hard it must have been to be in the actual battle of the first world war.
Besides the trenches, kids can swim with sharks, explore the inside of a human body, and literature students even take a tour of Harry Potter’s castle.
The possibilities are endless with the virtual reality program.
Mr. Keller said that he and some Forest Park students are going to Italy next semester and he is going to take a 360 camera, shoot his own video, and incorporate it into a VR lesson on Italy.
Student Beckett Fehrianch said of the VR lessons, “I think they are a really great tool for the classroom to experience all kinds of new things. I first got to experience them in US History also when we went into a trench-like setting in the Civil War. They’re very submersive.”
Mr. Keller said he would be happy to talk with any educator about the virtual reality goggle program and how it would benefit students at other schools.
(This story was originally published on October 30, 2019)