Elementary school teachers at Abraham Lincoln School in Oak Park, Ill., have access to a wider variety of high-tech teaching tools than most teachers. That's because their school is the first in the country to house a semi-permanent virtual reality unit.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago have installed a virtual reality unit at the school. The researchers are testing the students to find out if the technology is an effective teaching tool.

The leaders of the study—Tom Moher, associate professor of computer science, Andy Johnson, assistant professor of computer science, and Stellan Ohlsson, associate professor of psychology—have asked the...

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