Virtual reality technology coming to CDSBEO classrooms

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Virtual reality technology coming to CDSBEO classrooms
Jackson Peets of St. Joseph's Catholic Secondary School testing out the Up 360 VR job training (Shawna O'Neill/TC Media).

CORNWALL, Ontario – The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) is partnering with UP360’s Career Labs VR to bring virtual reality experiences to their classrooms this September.

The CDSBEO states that the program will give students opportunities to experience work environments, like skilled trades, in a virtual environment. Students will get the chance to do things like weld and operate heavy machinery right from the classroom.

“It is amazing that students will be able to explore, learn, and discover a variety of career options through the immersive power of virtual reality,” explained Experiential Learning Consultant Liz McCormick. “This virtual reality (VR) system puts students in the driver’s seat to see, hear, and experience the job itself, without ever leaving the classroom.”

At the CDSBEO Career Fairs in April, students were given a chance to try out the technology, and the CDSBEO states that their initial reactions were positive.

“Providing this immersive experience for students will give them more insight in terms of what their future career might look like and will help them build confidence in their ability to make well-informed decisions about their pathways,” said McCormick.

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