As a statutory board of the Singapore government, the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) ensures that they continue to promote and regulate data protection in Singapore. IMDA wanted to come up with something interesting and fun for children with autism to learn about the importance of cyber wellness.
They wanted to develop a Virtual Reality lesson to teach children with autism the concept of cyber wellness. Traditionally, this lesson is taught through role-playing sessions, which depended heavily on the educator’s ability to grab the students’ attention.
IMDA felt that the children will be able to experience a more engaging lesson with the Virtual Reality lesson instead of normal classroom lessons.
To help the educators in the Association for Persons with Special Needs to effectively teach their students the concept of cyber wellness, we proposed using Virtual Reality.
Virtual Reality is able to simulate real life situations and gamify the whole learning experience. This enables students to be totally immersed in the VR environment while also learning about cyber wellness through guided step-by-step instructions.
Students who are in the Association for Persons with Special Needs can have an enjoyable journey and have an idea of the concept of cyber wellness.
The educators in the Association for Persons with Special Needs felt that Virtual Reality is a useful tool in education. They were surprised at how effective Virtual Reality can be in capturing students’ attention.
The students who experienced the whole Virtual Reality lesson on cyber wellness paid full attention throughout the whole lesson. They find that the Virtual Reality lesson is able to increase their engagement level. At the end of the Virtual Reality lesson, the students were also able to understand the concept of cyber wellness.
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