Academy of Our Lady of Peace brings VR to the classroom
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OLP is the first all girls’ school in Southern California, and the first school in San Diego County to embrace this new technology.
OLP is the first all girls’ school in Southern California, and the first school in San Diego County to embrace this new technology.
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The Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP), the oldest high school in San Diego and the only all-girls’ school in the county, recently launched zSpace virtual reality (VR) technology on campus. The school is the first all girls’ school in Southern California and the first school in San Diego County to embrace this new technology.

This state-of-the-art VR technology has limitless applications in the classroom, allowing students to learn visually and interact with a vast catalog of course material ranging from anatomy, botany, ecosystems, physics, earth science and biochemistry to geography and history modules.

“Today, students are challenged to compete on a global scale and be adept at leveraging rapidly changing technologies. At OLP, we are thrilled to place these new tools in the hands of our remarkable students,” Dr. Lek, OLP Head of School, said. “Being one of the first all girls’ schools to bring this technology speaks to our trailblazing history of educating the next generation of women leaders and innovators. As a college preparatory school, we look to institutions like UCSD and Stanford, and the tools they are leveraging for student learning because at OLP we feel committed to ensuring our students are exposed to the same tools they will see at the university level.”

Unlike other VR devices, zSpace offers a 3-D interactive learning experience across a variety of disciplines allowing students to go in-depth with learning in a way never before possible with traditional teaching methods. The system allows students to manipulate realistic 3-D images relating to the human body, animals, and even mechanics. Wearing special glasses and using a stylus to manipulate 3-D graphics on the screen, students are afforded the ability to learn visually.

The 15 new zSpace stations have been installed in a brand new zSpace learning lab on campus, a dedicated space for students to deepen their knowledge. This summer, OLP will be opening up this incredible tool for 5-8 graders through the OLP Summer Academies program.

For more information about Academy of Our Lady of Peace, please visit www.aolp.org or call 619-297-2266.
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