Virtual reality is poised to become a central part of the Vernus International School curriculum as the school enters second year with a strong community of parents in Dubai Silicon Oasis.
Vernus International School continues to create exciting new ways to apply the rigors of the American curriculum. This year, children will be immersed in virtual reality experiences, as the school has developed guides for teachers, aligned with the California curriculum. Vernus recognizes that in today’s world, children need a variety of skills and dispositions to be successful in future employment, in higher education, and to be positive and active members of society.
Virtual reality allows teachers to immerse their students in immersive experiences of the natural world. In a single virtual reality experience, students can visit Petra and experience a UNESCO World Heritage site. Children can also see where the Nabataeans lived around the 6th century BC. This strategy is designed to get students to formulate questions instead of answering them. This will promote lateral thinking and curiosity. The school has already taken a project-based learning approach to the program, and virtual reality experiences will complement the popular approach.
Teacher guides are separated into sensory and learning experiences so children develop a range of critical thinking and reading skills, and most importantly, have fun.
Commenting on the school’s popularity as the second year approaches, Founding Principal Heath Bailey said: “We are excited about the new school year and the program experiences the children will get. Virtual reality allows children to be immersed in memorable experiences and bring the program to life. We have aligned these experiences with the California curriculum and our project-based learning approach so that there is true rigor in the curriculum and resources. This 360-degree approach to learning has proven popular with local parents, who have long sought a different kind of education focused on life skills, creativity and true innovation through project-based learning. .
The Vernus Passport captures the foundational pillars of literacy, learning and life skills, mapped to California State standards, imbued with project-based learning, and enriched with dimensions that empower children to develop strong character traits. This model underpins everything the school does, from curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning.