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Virtual reality is also called Augmented Reality and can be experienced as a 3D computer simulation or a hologram and sometimes even as a holodeck (a room full of holograms) just like in the famous science fiction series Star Treek and Deep Space Nine.

Many experts and universities are working on holodecks right now; teaching with virtual reality today is only possible to some extent. The most fascinating simulation for me up to now has been the holodeck in which medical students can practically walk inside the human body while they listen to the professor.

3D worlds will offer a wide variety of learning and teaching possibilities in future and we will use them regularly in class providing we are able to make the long transition from paper to screen work smoothly, as experts in the Frankfurter fair 2012 pointed out.The interesting ways we can use technology for communicating over mobile phones is already being tested, it will soon become reality for everyone. Communication via hologram called telepod is just one example. Telepodgave me the idea of “telepodding” my classroom as a follow up of Flipped Classroom: Record a lesson and let the students watch your hologram demonstrating how something works on their mobiles. Soon we will even be able to touch holograms making lessons even more interesting. More ideas occurred to me like learning how to make handicraft from the aborigines in Australia from your sofa via “touchograms” But for now 3D glasses are the next tool we can incorporate in our lessons using 3D films with students as a first step to what is coming in only a few years time, "holoschools" are not far away.

 
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