Upper secondary schools and daycare centres of the City of Espoo are creating and testing virtual reality content (VR) to support the education and care provision. As the experiment utilises the VReal learning platform, the schools are able to continue the testing even during these exceptional times.
Students of Otaniemi and Etelä-Tapiola upper secondary schools are producing and using VR content in certain subjects. The students create content themselves, which helps them develop their digital skills. The Espoo City Museum is also taking part in the trial.
In early childhood education, VR content is created as learning material and stories about children’s individual early childhood education plans. The material will be used to illustrate to parents and the city’s residents the early childhood education the City provides.
The trial is being run by Travel Media matkailulehdet Oy, which is a business partner of the VReal solution, and the City of Espoo’s early childhood education, upper secondary schools and the City Museum. It will be conducted in stages between February and September 2020.
The aim is to assess the opportunities afforded by virtual reality to early childhood education and its suitability as a teaching method in upper secondary schools. The experiments conducted over the spring, in particular, will provide insight into ways in which virtual content can be created and utilised in remote schooling.