VR 101: What you need to know about virtual reality

Just a few decades ago, the idea of virtual reality (VR) technology was something that was only talked about in the weirdest of SciFi movies – and it certainly wasn’t something that was accessible for everyone.

These days, though, VR is booming in popularity and being used for everything from healthcare to entertainment, adding a new and innovative layer to how we consume media. We’re most interested in its use for education, so we’ve rounded up recent articles that show how VR can help kids (and adults) learn.

Astronaut Charlie Duke wears an Oculus Rift headset

Astronaut Charlie Duke wears an Oculus Rift headset

Charlie Duke is an astronaut who traveled to the moon in 1972. Last year he got a chance to travel on a virtual reality moon mission with the help of an Oculus Rift headset. This article shares images and a video of his journey and his reaction: “It was very similar to what we saw. I’m really impressed.”

A look at the White House through a VR headset

A look at the White House through a VR headset

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a VR headset – take Google Cardboard for example. It’s not the best virtual reality experience, but it will let you dip your toes in. Take a look at some of the great experiences you can have like a visit to the White House using Google’s Street View.

Star Wars + VR = Awesomeness

Star Wars + VR = Awesomeness

What could be cooler than using VR to complete your Star Wars fan experience? This first-hand account of a VR visit to Tattooine is everything you probably expect it to be (awesome) and more.

Go ahead - let your kids share the VR fun

Go ahead – let your kids share the VR fun

If you’re ready to introduce your kids to VR, this article is a great quick-start guide to your best headset options and apps. There are also some great pro tips straight from designers for using and enjoying the headsets.

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