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ISTE 2016

Teaching Real Empathy – Virtually

Much has been written on the topic of using virtual reality (VR) to inspire empathy. But simply feeling empathy is not enough to make more compassionate and socially adept students. There is a very tangible opportunity for teachers to use VR as a tool to promote social emotional learning – and there are risks. Can we really use VR to teach students how to be better people? We’ll share case-studied of how VR’s helped with self-efficacy and conflict resolution, and discuss specific risks such as deepening isolation and the digital divide.