The goal isn't to recreate reality but to create brief opportunities to escape it.
Is VR a gimmick?I feel like the same could be said about almost every new "technology" that has ever been developed in the history of humankind. I'm sure that there will always be a certain amount of resistance to doing things in new ways. However, I do find it interesting that kids don't ever seem deterred by that more adult thought process. For kids, virtual reality is just a reality--another way of connecting to technology and something to be explored.
In each and every opportunity I've had to work with kids using VR in an educational setting, I'm reminded of the place that VR has in education. It has the power to excite, the power to engage, and the power to transport. VR is one of the technologies on the cutting edge of innovation and creativity, exactly what we aim to inspire in our students.