Hubbard students learn about 9/11 using VR
A group of Hubbard High School juniors used Google Virtual Reality Goggles to see 360-degree views of New York City on 911 and views of the current 911 memorial.
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How do you explain what this day was like to those who weren't there?
"My grade was the grade who wasn't born when this happened, so we didn't get to experience it first hand and seeing and feeling the emotions by just watching the videos helps us a lot," said Hubbard High School junior, John Reinard.
A group of Hubbard High School juniors used Google Virtual Reality Goggles to see 360-degree views of New York City on 9/11 and views of the current 9/11 Memorial.
Teacher Mary Davis came up with the idea to find a better way to bring 9/11 into the classroom.
"It is hard to make it relevant to them. It's not just we are going through the motions of learning about this day. These goggles and the resources that come with them; to experience it first hand in a way they wouldn't just by watching videos or reading something. It's really like they are there," said Davis.
If you haven't used VR tech, it's kind of hard to explain. But when you have the goggles on, you turn your head, and the action follows you. It is like being there.
"Every time I see those videos, I get chills in my body trying not to cry because even though I wasn't there or alive, it still hurts me knowing somebody would do something to hurt that many people," said Hubbard junior, Gillian Couturiaux.
You could do the same. The Goggles cost under $10. They use your cellphone, and you just download an app.
It is an immersive experience, much more realistic than just watching it on TV or a computer.