Virtual Reality Teacher Training.
The needA study conducted by the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) indicated that there is little to no knowledge of quality teaching practices by most ECD centre teachers in SA. Most educare teachers in South Africa have not been on the receiving end of quality early years education and have not observed quality ECD in practice. In addition to this lack of first-hand experience, they have limited access to traditional classroom based training, resources and best practice examples to inform their understanding of what quality education is. A cost-effective and scalable solution is needed to upskill the ECD workforce in SA to enable the delivery of high quality early care and education services.
The use of Virtual Reality (VR) presents an exciting opportunity to address this critical need within the ECD ecosystem in South Africa. VR will be used to bring best practice learning environments and activities to teachers, wherever they are. They will – through an immersive experience – be able to visualise and internalise what a model ECD centre looks like and what the best methods of teaching are. The VR classroom experience represents an opportunity to influence instructional practice across multiple layers. By placing a trainee in the shoes of a child being taught by a master teacher, they will gain first hand insights into the nuanced movement, positioning and tone that underpin successful use of general teaching practices.
By demonstrating, from a child’s perspective, the experience of a regular classroom occurrence such as a storybook read aloud, with new ideas injected to make the learning experience more engaging and hands-on; the trainee will come away with actionable lesson content ideas to incorporate