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29th Jun, 2022

Virtual Reality inspires GCSE students creative writing

Sarah Mason 24th Jun, 2022

CREATIVE writing skills were bought to life for students at Solihull College and University Centre.

GCSE English students were given a Virtual Reality (VR) headsets after English Lecturer and Teaching and Learning Coach, Rachel Arnold wanted to use an innovative method to help them with their writing.

Rachel said: “I wanted to break down barriers and use a medium they’re familiar with – quite a lot of the students play virtual reality games and I wanted to use their comfort zone to enable them to tap into other ideas.

“It felt more real for them, and their writing was more vivid and realistic as a result.

“The difference in quality after having done that activity was considerably better – they were really engaged and wanted to do more.”

The students worked in pairs and the student wearing the headset verbally described what they could see to their partner who made notes.

Student Nathan Clayton said: “This was such a fun way to actually describe, because I really felt like I was there and had lots more interesting things to write about.

“It also helped me write about how I was feeling because I was there.”

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