Virtual Reality Researchers Target Special Ed. Classes

Lisa Fine Goldstein, Education Week, Sept 18, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting and fairly detailed article about the use of virtual reality to study and provide for the special education classes. With buzzing sounds and flashing lights, for example, researchers study what does - and does not - distract students. The VR classroom is also useful for teaching such basic skills as traffic safety. But it has to be done right: "We didn't want to make getting run over and killed entertaining in any way," he said. "We decided to have the [sound go silent], then the system crashes and must be rebooted while the student sits there and waits. So it is a frustrating experience, rather than exciting."
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