Aha and Aha instructor Shashank Jain meet in a virtual reality version of an actual lecture hall.
The teacher is not shown in the video, but he is seen talking to students in a room, interacting with them and guiding them in class.
Aha is the first to respond to a student’s question, and he takes a seat next to her.
“Hi Aha,” she says, when the video ends.
“How are you today?”
Shashanka Jain, a computer science instructor and cofounder of the Aha Virtual Reality Institute, says the video is intended to be a learning experience for students and teachers.
He says the aim of the VR program is to create a more interactive learning experience.
“This is a learning platform,” he says.
“You can use it for interactive learning.”
Jain says he and his colleagues have been experimenting with virtual reality to teach, but for the most part, he says, they are just testing it.
The virtual reality has been used for training and research in areas ranging from medical research to medical imaging.
The VR is especially useful for people with disabilities, like people with epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and others.
“Aha has been very successful, because of that,” says Ramesh Kumar, who has been training people with aphasia in virtual reality.
He and other people have been using it to help them communicate with their families and friends.
In one of the first studies that examined the effects of virtual reality training on people with autism, they found that when the training program was performed in virtual environments, participants who completed the program saw improvements in the amount of time they spent with their parents and a sense of self-esteem.
Jain is now exploring the use of virtual realities for training teachers, and hopes to get some funding to continue developing the technology.
The Aha virtual reality institute is part of a global push to bring more educational experiences into the virtual space.
There are also programs designed to teach other types of skills in the virtual world, like reading.
For instance, there is a class called the Book Club that uses interactive books to teach children to read and write, and there are courses in social media, such as Snapchat.
“There’s a lot of things that can be done in virtual, and you can do all of these things with a virtual teacher,” says Kumar.
The Virtual Reality Education Network (VREngine) says it aims to bring VR to every school in the United States and around the world, and has funded a virtual teachers training program.
But the virtual teachers are still in the early stages, and the AHA program is far from the first effort to offer VR to teachers.
In April, a teacher in San Francisco named Lauren Pfeiffer launched a virtual classroom for teachers.
Pfeitzer says the program is a great example of the kind of teaching virtual reality can help teach.
She says the first class was made up of students and her students had to solve problems using a digital map, which is not what most people do when they’re learning.
But Pfeiters says the virtual classroom is very interactive, with the students learning the maps on their own.
She also says it was easy for her students to learn the map and then move onto the next one.
Pffitters says that if you have children with learning disabilities, they might not have much to learn from virtual reality classes, but with the right teacher, they can become more engaged in learning.
“We know that teachers are really good at helping kids develop skills, and they can teach through virtual,” Pfeffer says.
PFEITERS SAYS: “The idea of this class was really for the parents, and that’s really what they were trying to do with this.”
Pfeffers says she wants to see more teachers get involved with virtual classrooms.
“I don’t think that we’re in a situation where there are so many teachers that are really dedicated to virtual teaching,” she adds.
And she thinks that teachers who want to work in virtual classrooms can use the training to help develop their skills.
But, she says it’s a very different experience from using virtual classrooms to teach at home, which are very expensive and require a lot more support.
Pfditters is hoping to bring the virtual teacher training program to other schools in her area.
“It would be great if we could do that at schools across the country,” she said.
The video also shows students using the digital maps in the classroom.
“These maps are for kids who need more hands-on instruction,” Pffiffer says.