VR and the classroom of tomorrow
Ericsson’s Connect to Learn program is working in Myanmar to connect the VR classrooms of tomorrow. Find out what this could mean for the future of schooling in our latest blog.
Just five years ago, I never would have thought that Virtual Reality (VR) could be used as a training tool for teachers in Myanmar. Yet, here we are. Five years into my role as project manager for Ericsson's Connect to Learn project in Myanmar, I have helped to design a network which serves the connectivity requirements of the project, connecting the 31 schools in three regions across the country. Today, this places Myanmar among the first wave of countries in the world to use VR as a teacher training tool.
VR in the classroom promotes a student-first approach
For me, the VR training tool which we have developed allows the teachers to train different pedagogical skills.
Myanmar has usually focused on teacher-centered learning in the past, which makes the use of VR classrooms an exciting development, and something which can change the classroom dynamic in years to come. Typically, students will listen to teachers without asking a lot of questions. With this technology, student-centered learning is encouraged and this is one of the most import things that will allow the methods and standard of education in Myanmar to improve. This will also enable the students to ask questions and do the research on their own, as well as encouraging students to think differently – more creatively. Of course, we believe that this is just the beginning. As VR technology becomes more advanced, its application will eventually increase – not just in Myanmar, but all over the world.
Connect to Learn is raising ICT standards
Throughout the course of the Connect to Learn program, we have found that the teachers and students who have participated have a higher proficiency for ICT devices, based on a comparison with neighboring schools which have not participated in the program. For VR, we believe more time will be needed to see the benefits, but we're sure they will come. Teachers have already said that they feel their level of teaching has increased after practicing their pedagogic skills with the use of VR classroom tool. It's clear that, for a new teacher who first practices using VR classroom before delivering the first class, both the teacher and future students will reap the benefits.
We have also seen that the students from our Connect to Learn schools are now even participating in a national ICT competition and have received prizes at the national level. This was something that they were not able to do before, and is something that both the students and teachers take great pride in.
I hope that our children will have better education in the future. With internet access becoming widespread in the country, we think that Myanmar education standards will come closer to international standards, while maintaining Myanmar culture. We also hope that the teachers of Myanmar will have better capacities to teach, based on modern pedagogical approaches.
This is only the beginning. We're excited to see what will happen next in Connect to Learn.
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