KANSAS CITY, Kan., March 10, 2021 / PRNewswire / – OmniLife VR today announced an initiative with the Kansas City Kansas Public School District. The Educational Virtual Reality (E-VR) program was unveiled during a special ceremony at Carl Bruce Middle School, one of three schools participating in the pilot program.
“We look forward to incorporating this cutting-edge technology into our curriculum. The benefits to our learning communities are limitless,” said Dr. Alicia Miguel, Interim Superintendent of Schools. “This technology couldn’t come at a better time. It will help fill so many gaps that we continue to explore how world-class education can be delivered in new ways,” he said Christal Watson, Head of the District’s Foundation for Excellence.
This technology does not replace professional staff. it just complements what they can achieve. Each school will apply skills and standards to support teaching with 250 different learning experiences.
“E-VR creates educational opportunities that were unimaginable with legacy technologies,” he said Canise Salinas-Willich, Headmaster of New Chelsea Elementary. “E-VR transports students from their desks to the Roman ruins, lets them mix chemicals and see the reaction without being physically harmed, and allows them not only to see virtual worlds but also to interact with them.”
Each of the three schools that control the program will receive headsets and wireless controllers provided by OmniLife VR so that students feel like they are in control of what goes on in the VR simulation. Marco Stanich is the owner and CEO of OmniLife VR, a local Kansas City Companies with global reach.
“We’re honored to do that Kansas City Kansas School district with this cutting edge technology. This is big news for education during COVID-19 in a borough and heartland of the United States: Kansas City! If we can do this here, we can do it anywhere, “Stanich said.
According to Stanich, international research shows a 100% increase in visitor numbers and a 30% improvement in test results. E-VR-enabled students also learn faster, remember longer, and make better decisions. You benefit from an increase in mental and physical well-being.
The investment is funded by a CARES ACT grant and the Foundation for Excellence-acquired Barton P. Mary D. Charitable Trust. The pilot contains two video cameras and 130 headsets. With 23,000 students in district schools, Watson says, “We’re already looking for ways to fund future purchases.”
As a bonus, a project partner is equipping a 48-foot mobile trailer to bring the technology to schools and neighborhoods alike. This will be a game changer for students exploring career paths, “said Dr. Clemons, director of the Future Leaders Outreach Network (FLON).
OmniLife VR is a Kansas City based education technology company with global reach and a proud member of the North Kansas City Business Council.
Kansas City Kansas Public Schools Foundation for Excellence
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