Virtual & Augmented Reality

Student Logan Patterson, 18, center, gives Kristen Powell, left, a high-five after using a virtual reality headset at the Technical College High School Pennock’s Bridge Campus in West Grove, Pa. The manufacturer of the device aims to help people with autism prepare for real-life encounters.
Student Logan Patterson, 18, center, gives Kristen Powell, left, a high-five after using a virtual reality headset at the Technical College High School Pennock’s Bridge Campus in West Grove, Pa. The manufacturer of the device aims to help people with autism prepare for real-life encounters.
Hannah Yoon for Education Week
Special Education Students With Autism Get Virtual Reality Lessons in How to Interact With Police
A new program uses VR simulations to help students with autism spectrum disorder practice what to do when they encounter law enforcement. But some say it’s the police who need the training.
Sarah Schwartz, October 22, 2019
9 min read
Education Opinion Straight Up Conversation: Microsoft Chief Talks Augmented Reality in Schools
Dan Ayoub, who helms Microsoft's education team after a decade leading the famed Halo gaming franchise, discusses the possibilities and pitfalls of bringing augmented and virtual reality to the classroom.
Rick Hess, September 19, 2019
8 min read
Special Education Five Top Technology Trends in Special Education
Fueled by technological advances, policy changes, and pressure from advocates, companies and researchers craft new tools and strategies to serve students with disabilities.
Benjamin Herold, December 4, 2018
8 min read
Teaching Educators Share Hopes, Concerns About Virtual Reality at ISTE
Ed-tech companies are pushing VR for learning, but educators say content is limited and research is scarce detailing how the technology will impact children.
Sarah Schwartz, June 26, 2018
3 min read
Classroom Technology 5 Ways Teachers Can Use Virtual and Augmented Reality in the Classroom
Immersive reality is slowly creeping into the classroom. How can teachers make the technology work for student learning?
Kate Stoltzfus, May 17, 2018
5 min read
School & District Management Virtual Reality and Children: 'We Just Don't Know That Much,' Report Finds
Parents see educational potential in VR, but they also worry about the potentially negative health effects, according to a new survey from Common Sense Media.
Benjamin Herold, April 4, 2018
3 min read
Special Education Immunizations and the Impacts of Virtual Reality: Two New Findings on Autism
New studies on autism offer insight into the parts of the brain associated with social challenges for students on the autism spectrum and how pervasive myths about the causes of autism could put children and their families at greater physical risk.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 29, 2018
4 min read
Triston Dunkerson, center, uses a VR viewer to go on a virtual field trip to a rainforest during a class at Chapelwood Elementary School in Indianapolis last spring.
Triston Dunkerson, center, uses a VR viewer to go on a virtual field trip to a rainforest during a class at Chapelwood Elementary School in Indianapolis last spring.
AJ Mast for Education Week-File
IT Infrastructure Virtual Reality for Learning Raises High Hopes and Serious Concerns
Technology companies are making a push to integrate virtual reality into K-12, but experts are raising concerns about how it might affect children.
Benjamin Herold, February 8, 2018
7 min read
Researchers, working with a Buffalo public charter school and a digital media company, use a 360-degree virtual reality camera to shoot classroom scenarios with real students. The scenarios are meant to help preservice teachers practice classroom management.
Researchers, working with a Buffalo public charter school and a digital media company, use a 360-degree virtual reality camera to shoot classroom scenarios with real students. The scenarios are meant to help preservice teachers practice classroom management.
Brett Carlsen for Education Week
Executive Skills & Strategy How Virtual Reality Is Helping Train New Teachers
The technology offers a middle ground between college classwork and a real K-12 classroom, experts say.
Liana Loewus, September 5, 2017
7 min read
Science Facebook Giving Virtual-Reality Kits to Every Arkansas High School
As part of the Techstart program, 360 Arkansas high schools will receive classroom kits including computers, cameras, and Oculus Rift headsets.
Benjamin Herold, August 28, 2017
2 min read
Classroom Technology Augmented, Virtual Reality Yet to Gain Traction in K-12, Survey Finds
Just 5 percent of U.S. teachers say they are currently using augmented- or virtual-reality technologies in their classrooms, according to Project Tomorrow.
Benjamin Herold, April 20, 2017
3 min read
Education Opinion Virtual Reality Could Transform Education as We Know It
In this piece, I discuss the potential for virtual education to transform the field of education as we know it.
Matthew Lynch, April 3, 2017
3 min read
Curriculum Virtual Reality-Equipped School Bus Lets Students Tour Mars
What would it feel like to take a bus tour across the surface of Mars? Some middle school students will have the chance to find out.
Liana Loewus, August 19, 2016
2 min read
Teaching Opinion Understanding the Syrian Conflict: Blending Virtual Reality and Virtual Exchange
What if we could take students to visit war-torn nations like Syria? Virtual reality is now allowing for these powerful experiences!
October 13, 2015
4 min read