Why The Oculus Rift Can Engage Students Better Than Any Teacher
Immersive education makes abstract and challenging subjects more interesting and interactive.
Certain subjects will always be more interesting than others at school, but for those that fail to grab the attention of students, there could be new hope. Chaotic Moon have created a 3D experience that combines Oculus Rift and Leap Motion technology to give students virtual objects they can manipulate in real-time. It’s an idea that could bring new meaning to the phrase “words that jump right off the page.”
Chaotic Moon CEO Ben Lamm has experience with education technology startups, and birthed the idea for a more immersive learning environment out of pure passion. One statistic pointed out by FastCoExist that really hits home is that “people retain 10% of what they read, 50% of what they hear, and 90% of what they do.”
In a video that demonstrates the technology, a participant gets to manipulate various elements from the periodic table in a 3D environment. Chemistry is a subject that even the most dedicated students can struggle to focus on, but when the learning experience involves a virtual trip under the ocean to explain H2O, it proves there is hope even for the hard sciences.