The students at Franklin Square Union Free School District in Nassau County, New York, had already studied the layers of the earth. They’d seen a video, discussed the concept, and even taken apart a physical class model. But when they worked with a virtual earth in zSpace, you could hear the “wows” and “whoahs” all over the classroom. They lifted the virtual earth from the screen and turned it around to see it from all sides. They peeled off the earth’s rocky crust, and used virtual tools to measure the depth of each layer.

“I could tell by their reactions and...

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  • About the Author:

    Elizabeth Lytle is the director of education at zSpace, a screen-based virtual reality platform. With a background in education and health science, she is integral to product design, content production, creating and delivering professional development, and supporting teachers in the classroom.