Number of students that will benefit: 350
Age of students: 3-11
Percentage eligible for free school meals: 37.6%
We are an Islington school whose children come from some of the most deprived estates in Islington.
Our pupils range in age from 3 to 11 years, and a large proportion of them do not speak English as their first language. Additionally, many of the pupils may not have access to the sights and sounds outside of their immediate locale, and we are located in an area with a high level of deprivation. For many students, this means that the external learning opportunities can be limited, and access to the AR and VR technology would open the door to the ‘life-experiences’ that many of us take for granted.
Our pupils have never seen the application of VR in the classroom, so we would love to be able to offer them a range of technologies as they move through the school. Linking this technology with projects from other schools, such as Sacred Heart and St. Joseph's, would really allow us to get the most out of the money spent and offer the greatest range of learning opportunities.
What do we want?
The pupils and staff want to buy a set of 10 VR headsets. We would also need a multi USB charger to enable the devices to be charged safely in a classroom environment.
Our final purchase would be programmable robot dogs and makey makey kits.
Who is this for?
We want to truly embed virtual reality across our curriculum as we know the benefits for our children's motivation, enthusiasm for learning, creative writing and unattainable experiences will be exponential. Not to mention how FUN they are!
Why do we want it?
We have strong ties to our local authority and the schools around us and, alongside them, we wish to extend the opportunities for children to experience new and interactive ways of learning. We believe that every child has the ability to achieve with the right stimulus and that the use of Augmented and Virtual Reality within the curriculum and across the whole school would enthuse the learning for many.
We are expecting there to be an impact in several ways:
- Pupils will be engaged in their learning and can take ownership of it
- Pupils will have a greater understanding of the key vocabulary or concepts for a topic or theme
- Pupils can experience places and sights outside of their location, their country or even in space
- Pupils will be encouraged to develop their own AR and VR content
WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES
6 x iPod touch 16GB Silver @ £199 each: https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/buy-ipod/ipod-touch
6 x Cardboard VR goggles @ £16.77 each: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01HTGR08M
6 x Bluetooth controller for VR set @ £8.59 each: https://www.amazon.com/REALVOX-Bluetooth-Controller-Portable-Multi-functional/dp/B01CVVMFIU?th=1
1 x USB charging station @ £19.99: https://www.amazon.co.uk/NEXGADGET-Detachable-Universal-Multi-Port-Charging-8-Port/dp/B071CX17MG
2 x programmable robot dogs @ £44.99 each: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wow-Wee-3819-Dog-Robot/dp/B01N191YEM/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_tr_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=W2YJ0KV17VYJ8KC40453
1 x makey makey kits @ £65.40 each https://www.amazon.co.uk/Makey-WIG-11519-Deluxe-Kit/dp/B00YOKOSKK
Credit card fees (2%): £30.43
Grand total: £1,551.96
If we're fortunate enough to raise more than our target, then we would like to buy more iPads and VR goggles.
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