By Miles Buergin | mynews4.com (watch video)
Some students either learn by the book, or they learn with hands-on training. The Nevada State Library has released new technology that helps out with both kinds of learners.
In over fifteen libraries across Nevada, the Nevada XR Libraries Project features new virtual reality technology that focuses on school subjects which include biology, medical assistance and eco-hydrology landscapes.
Back in 2017, the Nevada legislature passed Senate Bill 549, which provided over $500,000 to the Nevada State Library’s collection development, databases, rural Bookmobiles, and emerging V-R technology. Specifically, $22,000 went to launching the first-ever pilot technology in libraries in nine Nevada counties.
“I just like the aspect of you actually being able to build stuff and think of it with a group,” says Evan, a Churchill County Middle School student.
Evan’s school is located in Fallon, NV, where Churchill County does not have the most accessible resources for new advancements in academics. However, since this V-R technology has been located in both the county’s high school and public library, students fill up the V-R room to get a first-hand look at this new way of learning.
“The program really makes it available for everyone. It shouldn’t just be for ‘well-to-do’ schools, libraries or communities that have access to this and so when we put it in the library, i’ts available and accessible for everyone,” says State Deputy Librarian, Tammy Westergard.
Westergard, with the help of her team of state librarians, says with 360 immersive video, prospective students, and interested parties, can ‘literally’ see if the career pathway programs through the V-R database is a good for them.
“Bottom line, libraries equal education,” says Westergard.