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Reactor Parent Network (RPN) Apr'17: Exploring Virtual Reality - A Hands-On Session

Guest speaker Ryan Beckmand from Sciosity, held at General Assembly

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Reactor Parent Network (RPN) Apr'17: Exploring Virtual Reality - A Hands-On Session with Sciosity at General Assembly

With the rise of tech disruption in today’s world, parents can expect their children to encounter Virtual Reality (VR) in all facets of their learning. Ryan Beckmand, the founder and Managing Director of VR development firm, Sciosity, spent a Saturday discussing just that with the Reactor Parent Network at General Assembly (GA).

From games to interactive documentaries, the possibilities with learning with VR are endless. Children of this generation can learn about lions and gazelles as if they are standing in the savannah, all from the comfort and safety of their homes. They can float around with astronauts and look at the Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) without having to don a spacesuit.

The capabilities of VR are growing rapidly. It is a relatively new technology and there is an understandable misconception that it is quite inaccessible. Ryan was on a mission to debunk that myth.

Reactor Parent Network (RPN) Apr'17: Exploring Virtual Reality - A Hands-On Session with Sciosity at General Assembly

Ryan founded Sciosity on the ethos of transforming education and re-inventing learning. “Sciosity is forging a world where retention of practical skills is easier, more cost-effective, more engaging, more intricate, more accurate, and of course, safer, for everyone.”

To demonstrate this, Ryan conducted a 2-hour workshop together with Reactor to take the Reactor Parent Network through the basics of VR and how parents can leverage on VR to take learning to new heights. He took on a hands-on approach to run the session.

Reactor Parent Network (RPN) Apr'17: Exploring Virtual Reality - A Hands-On Session with Sciosity at General Assembly

Every participant got a first-hand experience with the VR headsets supplied by Ryan, paired with the Google Cardboard and other similar applications.

Reactor Parent Network (RPN) Apr'17: Exploring Virtual Reality - A Hands-On Session with Sciosity at General Assembly
Reactor Parent Network (RPN) Apr'17: Exploring Virtual Reality - A Hands-On Session with Sciosity at General Assembly

Participants were also taught how to create a storyboard and how they could apply their newfound knowledge of VR to achieve their own learning objectives.

Reactor Parent Network (RPN) Apr'17: Exploring Virtual Reality - A Hands-On Session with Sciosity at General Assembly

An interesting observation was the high level of intuitiveness that the kids displayed while playing with the headsets. Despite it being their first encounter with VR, they had the good sense to avoid obstacles present in the physical space around them even when they couldn’t see it.

We would like to thank General Assembly for so graciously letting us hold this event on their premises and for being so amazing to work with.

We would also like to thank Ryan for dedicating his time to us and giving us a glimpse of the future of learning. His vision and energy is nothing short of inspiring, and we look forward to working with him again soon.

We couldn’t have asked for better partners in building the Reactor Parent Network community.

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