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Virtual field trips: Schools embrace advanced adventures

Experts say the technology is still relatively rare in schools, but they expect that to change as costs come down and content improves. (Shutterstock)
NEW YORK: On any given day, classrooms of students are using virtual reality to visit the pyramids, observe medical operations, even swim through the human circulatory system.
Experts say the technology is still relatively rare in schools, but they expect that to change as costs come down and content improves.
Teachers say it’s another way to engage the smartphone generation of students.
Richard Lamb studies how the brain processes information at the University at Buffalo. His research has shown that what people experience in virtual reality has very similar, if not the same, physiological responses as the real thing. He says the effect on learning is to improve interest, understanding and recall.
Still, Lamb and others say, the technology is best used to enrich — not replace — real-world experiences.

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