GDPR: 7 priorities to make your #SchoolWebsite compliant

**GDPR UPDATE (24th May 2018): 

We are sure you will be glad to know, that after May 25th, the high influx of GDPR emails will slow right down!  It is an important step in data security and data transparency, and one that no school should overlook in the slightest.

At @intSchools, we take GDPR very seriously, and believe this is a great step forward to protect our privacy and digital footprint. In that same vein of transparency, we wanted you - our community - to understand the steps we take to ensure that your data is safe and the bespoke #SchoolWebsites we build meet GDPR standards.

We have added to the bottom of this blog key steps and examples of what we have done.

Isn’t having customers’ trust a cornerstone to good business? Isn’t that intangible relationship with customers: loyalty, trust, repeat customers, something most companies want?
— Elizabeth Denham: Information Commissioner, ICO

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is closing in! If you have not begun to understand and tackle these new regulations, time is of the essence.

For those who are unaware, the GDPR is a set of rules all European organisations must adhere to in order to keep consumer’s personal details safe while online.  

Companies and websites will need to ensure that their websites satisfy the GDPR outlines, before May 25th, 2018. This includes any organisation based outside the EU but have customers from within it (e.g. Facebook). 

Read the ICO 12 step guide for preparing for the GDPR.

To help ensure that your #SchoolWebsite meets these regulations, we have created a checklist of actions you will need to take.

[1] Do you know what data is being captured and held?

Is your website using cookies? Are you using Google Analytics or a Facebook pixel? You will need to know the data that you a capturing - regardless if is collected by yourself or by a third-party - and have these methods clearly defined.

This can be easily solved by having a privacy policy page, where this information is written. The privacy policy should state:

  • what data is captured
  • when it was captured
  • what the data is used for
  • details of any third-party tool used for data capture
  • the process for a user to request their data to be permanently deleted

[2] Do you know when and where data is being captured?

These details must be divulged to anyone agreeing to your site capturing their data.

Without understanding this, you will not be able to ensure the security of your data. Use your privacy policy to make this clear to site visitors. 

[3] Do you know how long data will be stored for?

Another factor that must be declared (ideally in your privacy policy) in order to meet GDPR stipulations. 

[4] How is the data being used and is it secure?

Understanding your data security is essential if you are to meet GDPR guidelines. You will need to fully understand how the data is being used, where it is stored and how secure the data is. 

For example - data captured with an analytics tool:

  • is data stored on a third-party platform?
  • is this platform secure (and 100% compliant with GDPR)? 
  • is the data encrypted to GDPR standards?

Another consideration is the security of your own website anywhere data is involved. An SSL certification is the minimum website requirement needed to protect stored data.

[5] Have you got full consent to capture and store data?

The above 4 checklist items are all key pieces of information that your site visitors need to be able to find out (this is where the privacy policy comes into action).

The next step is to ensure that permission to capture data is explicitly granted.

Site visitors will need to 'opt-in' to grant this permission. This means that any forms granting consent must be unchecked by default so that the visitor can actively check and confirm. 

There are two key areas where this should be addressed:

  • does your site use Cookies?

If so, you must request that visitors agree to this (most commonly seen on the home page in a pop-up window)

  • does your site use forms for contact and enquiries / subscriptions / applications?

If so, you must request that the data captured from these forms is given with consent. An 'opt-in' option must exist on the form that is mandatory (i.e. the form cannot submit without that option being checked).

[6] Is your "data officer" contactable?

As part of the GDPR people have the right to freely request access to their data. To enable this, you will need to have a plan in place for how a person requests this information.

Having someone acting as your school's "data officer" is a proactive step. Within your privacy policy, make it clear how someone can contact your data officer and ask for their data.

[7] Is the "Right to be Forgotten" process clear?

Likewise, people have the right to 'opt-out' and have all data pertaining to them removed permanently. 

The process for them to do this must be clear to them, and easily actionable from your end. 

What has @intSchools done to ensure our #SchoolWebsites are compliant?

[A] Update website privacy terms: every site must contain an easily accessible page detailing their privacy terms (example: https://www.badmintonschool.co.uk/terms).

This will include important details about the type(s) of data being captured, how it is stored, where it is stored and for how long it is stored. It must also give the user the ability to change their consent, or withdraw it completely (example: https://www.badmintonschool.co.uk/terms#cookies).

[B] Add advanced cookie consent popup to website: every site must clearly state that it is collecting cookie data - and every visitor must opt-in to allow this.

We have split cookies into 5 groups (Necessary, Preferences, Statistics, Marketing, Unclassified). To make this as transparent as possible we have added an advanced cookie consent popup to all of our websites (example: https://www.badmintonschool.co.uk/).

[C] Update forms: any and all forms (i.e. contact forms, enquiry forms and and 3rd party forms) on your website will require an opt-in field.

By default, this must be left unchecked so users have to actively choose to allow their data to be captured and used (example: https://www.badmintonschool.co.uk/contact).

[D] Update mailing list confirmation: like many schools, if you send out newsletters to parents you will need to attain their permission to do so.

For 3rd party platforms, such as MailChimp, where data is hosted outside your own website or CMS you will need to ensure that privacy terms are included on the subscription form as well as GDPR opt-in field (example: http://schoolbyt.es/subscribe-to-us)

[E] Migrate your website to SSL: website security is an essential step in the GDPR shake-up, and all sites are required to contain an SSL certificate as a minimum precaution.

This is so your site, and data, is adequately encrypted. A website running over HTTPS will have a padlock next to the URL in the browser, and sometimes say ’Secure'. See below:

Is your #SchoolWebsite compliant? 

First ask your current website developer, as they should already have this planned in and in action. If you get nowhere, and if you would like to find out more about how we can help ensure your #SchoolWebsite is compliant, please email: gdpr@interactiveschools.com.

A #DigitalAmbassador: Your school head and social media

The future depends on what we do in the present
— Mahatma Gandhi

Your school is a brand, with your Head / Principal acting as the brand's CEO. In modern marketing, regardless of the industry you are in, the consumer rules the roost. They want engagement from a brand; to be part of the buying process.

How you interact with them can have a considerable impact on how you are perceived in a socially connected world.

This means your social media game needs to be impactful. You no longer need to simply push your product at the consumer. Instead, you need to form a relationship with the consumer. You need to to entertain and inform them, and give them a reason to trust you and talk about you (word of mouth is your strongest marketing tool).

Using social media as a school can make this challenging; delivering a sense of personality as a bricks and mortar establishment is more difficult to achieve. What you want is human interaction to help with this. Where better to start, then, than with your school Head?

A socially connected brand leader

In a study, leadership skill sets were analysed to see if there was a direct correlation between CEO's who are active on social media, versus those who are not.

The findings showed that CEO candidates who are social are:

  • 89% better at empowering others
  • 52% stronger at compelling communication
  • 46% more influential
  • 36% better at cultivating networks
  • 19% more passionate for results
  • 16% better at making decisions

The first three points are important - it highlights the influence your CEO (Head) can have on social.

Interestingly, the number of CEO's taking to social media, from top organisations, has seen a substantial increase in recent years - rising from 36% in 2010 to an estimated 80% plus today.

Leaders that love people, that love interaction, make time.
— Justin Foster, Cofounder of root + river

Examples of Heads on social

Jane Lunnon - Head of Wimbledon High School - is a great example of how your school's Head can take to social media.

Jane uses Twitter to add commentary to both her school and schooling in general, as well as share lots of resources related to the education industry. In doing so, she is able to promote Wimbledon High School in an amiable way, with a human touch (something that Wimbledon high School's main Twitter account would not be able to do to the same level).

Choosing your platform

Having a voice on social media is super - making the most out of the different channels you have available then is a top idea.

What?

Consider what kind of Head you have, how they best communicate and the formats that will best serve them. As well as this, are they using social media as a voice within the education sector or as that personable element to your school brand?

The school commentator: If your Head wants to have a presence on social to help promote the school, Twitter is hands down the best channel for this. With Twitter, it is easy to engage with the main school Twitter account - to share (or Retweet) all the cool things that happen in your school and to add a few lines of commentary to stamp personality onto the content.

Your community will look to the Head as a reliable figurehead for the school brand and engage more emotionally with the content because it comes from a person - not a brand.

Take Elon Musk, his Twitter account is a clever blend of business and promotion, resource sharing, and personal Tweets that humanise his activity within the technology and science world. 

A voice in education: Many Heads are influencers in the many topics that surround education. This can open more options on social for your Head to host their content.

In a similar fashion, Mark Steed - Director of JESS Dubai - uses social media to not only promote and lead conversation around his school, but also as a platform to be a voice in "issues that impact on education". 

Mark makes use of two Twitter feeds (one as Director of JESS Dubai and one under his pseudonym independenthead). As well as this, Mark runs a blog to help archive and share his contribution to the issues that impact the independent school sector.

How?

VIDEO: If your Head is comfortable and affable in-front of the camera, using YouTube could be a brilliant idea. This is exactly what Kieran Earley - CEO and Principal of The British School in the Netherlands - does, with a series of video blogs based around #EdTech.

AUDIO: Or how about just audio? Podcasts can be an incredibly beneficial undertaking for your Head.

Audio is really accessible for your community, especially those who operate on limited time. The ability to listen to a Podcast on the go - through a mobile device or in their car for example - makes it as easy to access as any other social media channel.

  SOURCE: https://www.salesforce.com/blog/2017/04/20-stats-about-the-2017-podcast-consumer.html

SOURCE: https://www.salesforce.com/blog/2017/04/20-stats-about-the-2017-podcast-consumer.html

  • podcast listening is on the rise for both genders (56% male / 44% female)
  • consumers aged 18-34 are most likely to be monthly podcast listeners.
  • monthly podcast listeners are typically affluent: 16% have an annual household income of $150K or more
  • people who are weekly podcast listeners spend a mean time of 5 hours and 7 minutes per week listening to podcasts (that is a lot of opportunity for a Head to engage with their community!)
  • in 2017, just 31% of monthly podcast listeners use a computer to listen to a podcast; 69% use a smartphone, tablet, or other portable device

There is absolutely a gap in the market for more audio-centred content! Could your Head fill this space?

WRITTEN: However, if they are more effective using written words then they should most definitely be using a blogging channel of some sort. Setting up a blog on Blogger or Wordpress is quick, and simple to manage.

Your Head should focus on their strengths - as this will make the process more enjoyable, and the content more impactful.

Sally-Anne Huang - Headmistress of James Allen's Girls' School - has a brilliant example of this. Using Tumblr, Sally-Anne has created a blog that really plays to her strengths as not only a Headmistress of an independent school, but an educator and mother living in South London. Her experiences and personality is very clear throughout her blog. 

Where?

Whichever channel best suits your Head, there should also be a method to help disseminate their content.

Social: Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are social networks - they are able to host all types of media from across the web. Sharing a blog post or YouTube vlog is as simple as pasting in a URL. Each network will have their own type of audience:

  • Twitter: good for reaching your community of parents and peers, engaging with your school and becoming part of the conversation
  • LinkedIn: perfect for connecting with peers and the professional community. You can publish articles and engage with content other LinkedIn users have used. Use this channel for networking
  • Facebook: good for reach. More personal channel than the other two but with the largest community - now over 2 BILLION users!

The reach on these channels will be higher - people are far more likely to search for your Head on Twitter or LinkedIn - they are less likely to search for them on YouTube or try Googling their blog.

Website: we often see the Head's Welcome page as one of the most-viewed pages on the websites we design. Prospectives visiting your website want to find that emotional link, to help better visualise their child at your school. Your Head is often the first port of call for this.

It is easy to embed your Head's Twitter feed onto your website - turning the Head's Welcome into an interactive, visual and impactful page.

Newsletter / Parent Comms: most schools will send out an e-newsletter to parents every week. This is another perfect method for your Head to reach your community. A simple link to their blog or Twitter profile, or an embedded vlog hosted on YouTube, can be really positive.

We find this can have a profound effect on parents, and make them feel more intimately involved with the school their children attend.

 

Leading your school's presence on social media may be a new concept to many Heads out there, but it is something that merits strong consideration. It presents a great opportunity for them to not only help the school but to become an influencer in the education industry. 

We see more and more Heads coming to platforms such as Twitter or LinkedIn, becoming more involved with the conversations that concern them and connecting with more peers.

Does your Head use social media for any of the above reasons? What are your thoughts on the subject? We would love to hear - please comment below.

The ghouls of social 👻

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Here's something that might astound you...

Once upon a time there was a world without the likes of Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. It was a truly strange time where news was watched on boxes in your house, where pictures were shown to friends and family on shiny pieces of paper, and where you'd have to shout really loud to tell people that you are at a concert. Can you believe that?!! 🤣

Social media actually started in 1978, when two computer hobbyists invented the computerised bulletin board system (BBS). This was used to inform friends of meetings, make announcements, and share information. Sound familiar?

Fast forwarding through the beautiful internet timeline have seen the likes of GeoCities, Blogger, AOL, Friendster and Meerkat come and go. 

MSN Messenger

Founded 1999.

MSN messenger has a warm place in every user's heart. Launched in 1999 by Microsoft, MSN messenger was a instant messaging client which took the world by storm. In 2005 it had over 330 million active monthly users and was a big part of everybody's lives.

330 Million in 2005! Only 8% of the population had internet access, these numbers in proportion to internet users at the time are unbelievable. 

When broadband started to rise to prominence the service became more and more popular but what could MSN messenger do? What made it so popular?

 

  • Send Files - To instantly send files was a pretty big deal back during the days of MSN and was relatively easy. MSN wanted to do everything e-mail could do but quicker.

  • Video Chat - If you were lucky enough to own an expensive webcam with an appalling camera like so many of the webcams from the early 2000's you could video chat.

  • Play Games - Invite your contacts to a quick game of tick-tack-toe or battleships whilst you message.

 The dreaded nudge...

The dreaded nudge...

Where is it now?

With Microsoft launching Skype, MSN messenger quickly became more and more redundant and too many people’s dismay and despite some protests (probably for nostalgic reasons) the service ceased operations back in December 2014 with the last ever message being sent in China!

R.I.P MSN Messenger 1999 - 2014. 

Friends Reunited

Founded 2000.

Britain's first social network to gain prominence and launch the United Kingdom into the social age back in the year 2000.  

Steve and Julie Parkhurst from Barnet started the business in their home after hearing about the American website classmates.com. After a year the website had 2.5million users.

By 2005 the website had 15 millions users and Steve and Julie from Barnet pocketed themselves £150 million pound when ITV bought the website back in 2005.

So what could you do on Friends Reunited?

  • Find classmates -  The website worked on a simple premise.  The premise that we all want to know "what ever happened to...". A question we can know find the answer to quickly, but when Friends Reunited first launched this was groundbreaking stuff.

That was the feature of the website. Simple but groundbreaking. The website led to people discovering childhood sweethearts, old friends and establishing a whole new way of communicating.

Where is it now?

In 2009 ITV sold friends reunited for a loss of £125 million pounds to DC Thompson a Scottish publishing company. In 2013 the company announced the website was no longer a part of their integral plans but would keep the website running.

So why not stop by the Friends Reunited website and take a trip down memory lane...

Myspace

Founded 2002.

Myspace Tom! Your original friend Myspace friend when first signing up.

Myspace was once the most visited website in the world and even surpassed Google in 2005 as the most visited website.

There's no doubt that Myspace was a real social giant back in the day!

   Your first Myspace friend! Even founder Tom Anderson didn't bother uploading a high resolution profile picture!

Your first Myspace friend! Even founder Tom Anderson didn't bother uploading a high resolution profile picture!

So what could Myspace do?

  • Profile song - One of the biggest decisions you would have to make in life was choosing which one track you wanted as your profile song. When users clicked on your profile this song would play showing users your unique music taste!

  • Top friends - Very similar to Bebo, you had the luxury of choosing your top friends which would be shown publicly on your profile.  Another feature of social media to ensure havoc and drama broke out amongst teenage users!

  • Share Pictures/ Videos with friends - In many ways Myspace was very similar to Bebo and Facebook, you could add pictures and videos to create an online bio!

  • Bulletin Posts- The original lengthy Facebook posts first started back on Myspace, granted they weren't usually for big political statements or poetic stories but it was a unique feature at the time!   

Where is it now?

MySpace is still technically alive!

In 2013 Myspace was redesigned and relaunched as predominantly a music network. However Myspace's latest Alexa rank was 1852, it seems like a long time since it was the number one most visited website in the world a decade ago!  

Even Myspace Tom the founder has moved over to Facebook and Instagram.

    We wonder if Mark Zuckerberg still uses Myspace?

We wonder if Mark Zuckerberg still uses Myspace?

However unlike Bebo you can still access Myspace on a desktop so why not sign in (if you can do your best to remember your Myspace password) and  access your old photos and see just how far you have come along!

Bebo

Founded 2005.

"Share the Luv".  Ah Bebo, the original teen social network. Remember deciding who to share your three luv's with and making the massive decision of selecting your other half for the world to see? Bebo was hugely popular when it first launched and will be many teenagers first experience of social media!  So what could Bebo do...

  • Share Pictures/ Videos with friends - In many ways Bebo was very similar to Facebook, you could add pictures and videos and create an online bio!

  • "Share the luv" - You had the power to give three love hearts a day. What did this achieve? We aren't exactly sure... but hey it's a feature of Bebo and it made it pretty popular.

  • Selecting your top 16 friends. Yes 16! Even if you only really have 10 friends, Bebo was pretty set in it's ways. Just rank your closest 6 acquaintances to reach the magic 16.

  • Skins- The glitz and the glamour of Bebo skins. Bebo gave you a unique feature to give your whole profile a glamorous skin. Unfortunately being mainly used by teens most Bebo skins were sparkly playboy bunnies, footballs and fast cars!

  • Featured Video - Bebo gave you the chance to have a featured video on your profile. You could make a stand out statement about your political stance? Promote a charitable cause? No probably best to put a Basshunter song.

  • Your other half - Bebo gave you the chance to select another user to be your other half. With teenage relationships this would change from week to week and could cause some serious friction between users!

   England and Liverpool footballer Jordan Henderson has recently had his old Bebo account come into the spotlight... oh dear Jordan!

England and Liverpool footballer Jordan Henderson has recently had his old Bebo account come into the spotlight... oh dear Jordan!

Where is it now?

Believe it or not Bebo was once sold for $850 million dollars! Then with the rise of Facebook Bebo soon became pretty obsolete. The original owners bought it back for $1 million dollars and relaunched Bebo into....well into some kind of a chat service?

It's now only available on mobile. The app is about creating an avatar to chat with.

The app hasn't been well received. And with the 1 star rating on the iPhone app store, the public will be sticking with Whatsapp for now - sorry, Bebo!  

At the time Bebo launched a pretty revolutionary social networking website and perhaps even gave Mr Zuckerberg an idea or two for Facebook.

Did you know? in 2011 Facebook stocks tumbled when people discovered Mark Zuckerberg's ill-designed Bebo account. It really was an eye-sore.

With social media constantly developing and changing, who knows what could be in the social graveyard in ten years time? We'll continue to pour one out for our fallen channels however

6 ways teaching has changed in the last 10 years

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[1] Tech is redefining the game

It seems obvious to say but the gargantuan changes we have seen in technology, in the last 10 years alone, has completely changed the way we do many things. Education is no exception.

Some of these impactful tech changes include:

  • mobile technology
  • machine learning / artificial intelligence
  • virtual / augmented reality
  • cloud & data storage
  • significant increases to internet speed (globally)

Tech evolution is not only redefining the ways we can teach but the actual curriculum of what should be learned. This is likely to continue, while we try to better clarify technology's place in the learning process.

[2] Mobile technology is opening new ways of learning

There have been ongoing arguments about pupils having mobile phones in school for many years now. The simply truth today though is that mobile tech has permeated into our lives so much that more people own a mobile phone than do not!

In fact, there is a slightly horrifying statistic that states more people in the world own a mobile phone than a toothbrush!

If we can accept the fact that mobile tech is here, perhaps we can begin to look at how it can be used in the classroom. Here are a few ways that mobile tech has positively affected learning:

  • pupils can research topics online, explore subject content further and find inspiration for their work
  • pupil engagement has been noted to increase in schools already integrating tech and mobile tech into their learning process
  • different teaching styles are easier to implement with mobile tech - distant learning and collaborative learning for example
  • consistent use of mobile tech provides more skills for pupils' futures, particularly around digital citizenship

[3] Remote learning is increasingly becoming simpler

We have all likely heard of (and maybe even tried) Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). These are courses (many of which are free) where you can learn remotely by watching videos, reading course content and self-assessing your understanding.

MOOCs give people the opportunity to learn skills in almost anything you can imagine without needing to attend classes. 

[4] Learning can be more focussed around collaboration

This may be one of the more impactful changes we see in education, collaboration:

  • pupil / pupil collaboration enabled by tech can be a powerful (and equitable) thing. Pupils who are perhaps introverts may find it easier to collaborate with their peers over a digital platform
  • pupil / teacher collaboration is also enabled with tech. We have already seen platforms like Pinterest enable this collaboration, but in reality this can be taken to exciting new heights as the power of tech grows

Collaboration is an essential life skill, so having tech as a tool to better instil it as a quality can only be a good thing.

[5] Digital games are finding a solid place in the learning process

Game based learning and gamification were hot topics a few years ago. Many educators agree that using digital games in the learning process can actually help improve pupil engagement and give teachers useful tools to help analyse their pupils engagement.

We have seen some great innovations in the digital game meets education technology industry, Minecraft: Education Edition for example. 

[6] Information is easier to come by, but application still needs the guidance of a teacher

While all of the above are very positive regarding the impact of technology in education, there is one essential thing to bear in mind. This is that while the availability of information has been vastly improved (a pupil could be said to have unlimited knowledge in their pocket with smart phones) the application of this knowledge still needs to be taught.

And this is why the teacher cannot really be replaced! We explore this exact topic in our analysis of Virtual Reality (is it a supplement for teachers, or their replacement) and the outcome very much remains this:

The act of teaching isn’t just imparting what’s in your head to a captive audience. Teaching is a performance, it’s reading the room and working it. This is where technology really falls short.
— Harpreet Purewal, Journalist for The Guardian

How do you feel about the changes tech has brought to teaching in recent years? We'd love to hear your opinions and experiences. Please comment below.

5 reasons why VR is perfect for education

2017 was a busy year for Virtual Reality, as consumers truly began to take notice. Tech companies were quick to identify this interest, and began to drive VR innovation across many different industries.

Travel, entertainment, hospitality and healthcare all benefitted from new tools based around VR, and now its the education sectors turn to contract the VR bug!

Here are 5 reasons why VR is perfect for education.

[1] Pupils can travel the world (and beyond) without leaving the classroom

Imagine trekking through the jungles of the Amazon, or across the freezing tundras of Antarctica, or even reaching the top of Mount Everest without leaving the classroom.

VR enables this. Even the most inaccessible regions of planet Earth can be viewed with VR. Take note of Google's growing library of Expeditions, allowing pupils to take field trips to virtually anywhere.

Expeditions are easily enabled by having a mobile or tablet device and a VR viewer (the cheapest option is actually Google's own Google Cardboard).

[2] Remote learning is now EVEN more possible

Delivering equitable education on a global scale has been a major concern for many years. With VR, even the most remote of would be learners, with basic internet and a VR kit, can join in on a classroom learning experience.

[3] Walk with dinosaurs or fight in the Battle of Hastings

History no longer needs to be read from a dusty old book! With VR, pupils can be a part of some of the most significant moments in the world’s history.

Lessons can range from:

  • comparing / visiting historical sites - e.g. what the Colosseum in Rome looks like now and how it looked back in AD 80, filled with 1,000's of spectators watching a gladiatorial contest
  • witnessing key moments in history - e.g. be a part of the crowd listening to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s infamous 1963 I Have a Dream speech in Washington D.C. or experience the harrowing lives of a soldier on the front-line, surviving in the trenches, during The Great War
  • understanding different cultures and times: e.g. live the "samurai code" in feudal Japan

YouTube already hosts plenty of amazing content - try searching for 360° videos for some inspiration. Here is David Attenborough meeting the largest ever discovered dinosaur!

[4] Explore creativity with pupil-led VR experiences

Driving creativity and digital learning in schools is highly desirable right now. Pupils learning how VR can bring their work to life opens up some very exciting and innovative doors.

Platforms like Tilt Brush are a great introduction to this idea - where pupils can paint in 3D space using a whole room as their canvas! 

[5] VR can have real applications in EVERY subject

  • Learn all about anatomy by exploring the human body for science
  • Dive into volcanoes for geography
  • Feel and live the freezing cold of the Ice Age for history
  • Watch a Shakespearean play for English and drama
  • Watch the Empire State Building being built for engineering and architecture

VR has no limits in the subjects it can bring to life.

 

The practical applications of VR are amazing and we will undoubtedly see more and more innovation over the next few years. While the pedagogy is still being discussed and refined, VR is largely regarded as a highly adaptable and powerful tool for schools to benefit from.

   Steve Bambury , Head of Digital Learning and Innovation across the  JESS Dubai schools , offers this model for introducing VR in the classroom.

Steve Bambury, Head of Digital Learning and Innovation across the JESS Dubai schools, offers this model for introducing VR in the classroom.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about this topic and can see why VR is such a great tool. Have you experienced / trialled VR in the classroom at your school, or do you have any views on this subject? We'd love to hear from you.

Please comment below.