New lab takes students on virtual field trips


Dateline: Hawley, Minn. Students in a northwest Minnesota school can now fly an Apollo space mission to the moon for history class, dissect a pig for science or paint a picture for art, just by strapping on a set of high-tech goggles. Hawley Public Schools is introducing its students — and their teachers — to the district's new virtual reality lab, one of only a few hundred around the country. • Full coverage: Education Elementary school teacher Tracy Baxter worked her way through her first training session with the VR goggles last week. She hopes to use the lab in her fourth- and fifth-grade geography classes. "So I'm in Seattle, and I'm right by the Space Needle," she said, as she explored a 360-degree view of the Pacific Northwest via Google Earth....

New lab takes students on virtual field trips

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