Just from that title you’re probably thinking, “that was either a complete mess or so much fun!” and to be honest, it was a little bit of both. But overall, the kids loved it and are so excited to try it again!
Teaching language arts and living in a technology filled world can be challenging sometimes. Our school got a grant for VR goggles and we were ecstatic about it but kept questioning how we could use them in LA. We just got them in, so this week was really just a trial run. One teacher got them yesterday and I got them today. We used them to do “creative writing.” It was more of us having fun today, but in all seriousness, I think they could be very useful to use for creative writing! Especially with those kiddos that have a hard time writing. This helps them actually picture something they can write about, rather than just relying on their memory or imagination. We did an activity where the kids were in partners. One partner watched a video on the VR goggles and wrote down a description of what he/she saw and heard. The other parter had to guess what they were doing and where they were! We are new to the VR world so we just gave the students 5 links to VR YouTube videos. I’ve heard of different apps but wasn’t sure if they were all school appropriate so I didn’t want to risk it.
The VR goggles we got are called, VR ELEGIANT, and they were pretty awesome! I took them home and played around with them before the kids got to ;). The fit every size phone and had headphones on the side so you got the full effect, sound and all. Our only problem with them was that the headphones are adjustable but they also kept coming completely off the headset. 7th graders like to freak out over little things so I heard a lot of, “Ms. Evans it keeps coming off!” “Ms. Evans I promise I didn’t break it but it came off!” “Ms. Evans, Ms. Evans, Ms.Evans!” Like, y’all, I know they are breaking. I told you this before you got them for a reason… Even though the headphones kept breaking, we think we can just glue them back on and be all good! There’s nothing a little super glue can’t fix, right?!
Other teachers and the students are so excited to be using these throughout the rest of the year and so am I! It was a lot of fun and can bring some life to any lesson. Even my rowdiest class was calm and quiet with them today so it could also be something that could distract them for a little bit while you can gain back your sanity.