Number of students that will benefit: 1000 (Whole school)
Age of students: 11-16
Percentage eligible for free school meals: 10.4%
Admiral Lord Nelson School is a secondary academy, based in the north of Portsmouth. We have just over 1,000 students currently and are rated Good by Ofsted. We are keen to be on the cutting edge of the latest technological advances that can assist with Teaching and Learning - the core focus of everything we do.
What do we want?
We have been keeping an eye on the development of VR technology in the classroom for several years now, waiting for the prices and technology to arrive at a point where it would be feasible and helpful in the classroom.
After being invited to Facebook HQ in London, we had a sneak-peek of the new Oculus Go headsets. These are similar to the Google devices, except they are all-in-one and do not require separate phones to be connected. The pricing is also cheaper than buying mobile phones and Google Cardboard headsets. Unlike most of the Google ones, they also come with hand controllers to allow students to interact with what they are seeing.
Who is this for?
This will benefit the whole school across the whole range of subjects. From virtual field trips to Shakespeare's The Globe theatre for English, to looking around religious landmarks in RE, to being able to explore the inside of organs or even the whole galaxy in Science, as if you were really there!
Why do you want it?
Virtual Reality really is the future of the classroom. Being able to take a class "outside" and view trees and plants in parts of the spectrum that the human eye cannot normally process, like ultra-violet, or being "inside" the lungs as they explore the respiratory system in detail is fantastic.
Every subject has potential to benefit from this technology too and Facebook are committed to developing (along with third party providers) a complete suite of education-focused content and apps. For example, have a look at this "Periodic Table" game:
WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES
7 x Oculus Go (32GB) @ £199 https://www.oculus.com/go/
Total = £1,393
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