Voices Of Youth

Not beneficial to have VR in class

I do not support the move to bring virtual reality into the classroom.

Most of the time, technology does provide convenience. But does this happen all the time? I doubt it.

In fact, technology in the classroom is detrimental to students.

By placing yourself in a virtual place, it simply reduces the amount of time you spend with everyone else.

Not only is the amount of face-to-face interaction we have reduced but our social skills also deteriorate.

Many of us do not realise that we easily lose our tempers or do things that are irrational, such as shouting at another person for no apparent reason.

This is because technology puts our social skills at risk.

On top of that, virtual reality may divert our attention from the lesson. The students may get too caught up with the device instead of engaging with the teacher.

It is time to review how beneficial virtual reality would be for students.

Toh Ai Qi, 14, Secondary 2 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2018, with the headline 'Not beneficial to have VR in class'. Print Edition | Subscribe