In Phenix City, using AR and VR in the classroom has been an integral part of our STEM programming for the past four school years. Using engaging technology, our educators are bringing lessons and scientific applications to life for our students, exposing them to new worlds and opportunities, both academic and career.

To ensure our students are engaged and excited about our STEM programming, I frequently solicit feedback from them to learn about their experiences in the classroom. We use AR and VR lessons from zSpace, and they are consistently listed among the favorite learning experiences by our students.

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10 reasons to use AR and VR in your classroom

After watching students enthusiastically embrace AR and VR in the classroom over the past four years, 10 reasons clearly emerge as to why these immersive technologies are poised to make such an impact on our students.

1. Outstanding visualizations
Located in a small Alabama town in an area with poverty levels above the national average, many Phenix City students are faced with limited opportunities. However, in our STEM classrooms — and all across Phenix City Schools — we have adopted the vision of providing the best possible experiences through quality educational technology.

About the Author:

Angel Wilson is the Dyer Family STEM Center Facilitator with Phenix City Schools. Passionate about educational technology and its possibilities, Mrs. Wilson seeks to share her expertise and experiences with other educators as well as educational technology developers to bridge the gaps between device and/or software implementation and typical school practices.

Mrs. Wilson’s 24-year tenure in Phenix City Schools has included LEGO Education Robotics teacher, media specialist, high school chemistry teacher, junior high school life science teacher, and gifted teacher. Currently, Mrs. Wilson’s major roles as STEM Center facilitator include technology integration, teacher professional development, curriculum alignment, contract negotiations, and facilities management.

Mrs. Wilson is a qualified educator and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Troy University, a Master’s degree in Science Education from Auburn University, and a Media Specialist certification from the University of South Alabama.


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