The Longview School in Brewster is launching an after-school program in February that incorporates virtual reality and game-based learning mediums. The program is open to students in 5th to 10th grades, both in Brewster and the surrounding community.
The institution will also offer scholarships with the support of the Vela Education Fund, an initiative dedicated to reimagining education.
“Longview has been pioneering the use of technology in the classroom for much of its 20+ years of operation,” said school Co-founder and Director Mark Jacobs.
The new virtual reality program will be facilitated through Oculus Quest 2 headsets and delivered by newly-recruited staff. The overall curriculum is based on individual and group intellectual, physical, and socio-emotional development.
The school will use programs, such as Beat Saber, Pong, Echo VR, and Eleven Ping Pong, for physical development, and Space: Apollo 11, Mission ISS, The Room VR, Red Matter, The Spy and the Liar, and Do You Copy, for intellectual development.
“What will be the future of Virtual Reality? The truth is that nobody knows,” Mark added. “What we do know is that old models of learning based on fact retention do not prepare students to meet the rapidly changing landscape of the modern world. Students need deep engagement in their learning experiences that helps them build crucial critical-thinking and social-emotional skills that they apply in a range of contexts. Virtual Reality technology can be an integral part of 21st-century education.”
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