HIROSHIMA – Using virtual reality technology, high school students in Hiroshima Prefecture are working to breathe life into an Imperial Japanese Navy battleship that was dispatched to a watery grave by U.S. forces during World War II. The VR tour of the Yamato, one of the largest battleships ever built, will be completed around this summer and enter use at the Yamato Museum in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, where the vessel was built. By using VR technology, which employs images, sounds and vibrations, visitors will be able to hear the booming of the ship's cannons while standing on the digitally re-created deck of the Yamato. After the smoke clears, the main battery of the 263-meter battleship will emerge before their eyes. The project was undertaken by students at Fukuyama Technical High School last November as part of efforts to reproduce the legacies of the war.
Japanese high school students have produced a virtual reality experience that recreates the sights and sounds of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb attack. The five-minute clip captures the moments immediately before, during and after the US dropped an atomic bomb on the city 73 years ago, killing 140,000 people. By transporting users back in time to the moment when a city was turned into a wasteland, the students and their teacher hope to ensure that something similar never happens again. 'Even without language, once you see the images, you understand,' said Mei Okada, one of the students working on the project at a technical high school in Fukuyama, a city about 60 miles east of Hiroshima. 'That is definitely one of the merits of this VR experience.'
PYONGYANG – North Korea has recently started to introduce state-of-the-art technology for the training of future schoolteachers in a possible world first. At the newly remodeled Pyongyang Teacher Training College, the mostly female students study how to educate kindergartners and primary school children with the aid of virtual reality and 3D display technologies. A group of Kyodo News reporters was granted rare access to the college late last week. In one classroom is installed a large widescreen monitor on which are displayed animated avatars representing primary school pupils. Speaking to the virtual children through a microphone, they respond in a timely manner.
Some students at a new online high school in Japan attended their opening ceremony Wednesday by donning virtual reality headsets. The N High School, operated by publishing and media company Kadokawa Dwango Corp., said 73 of its 1,482 freshmen attended the virtual ceremony held in Tokyo. Their headsets were connected with the school campus more than 900 miles away in Okinawa, where the school's headmaster spoke. The students were also treated to a 360 degree view of the campus inside the augmented reality. "We wanted the students to experience the environment of Okinawa using the gears.
When Moocs burst onto the scene five years ago, many predicted business schools' demise. Wharton professors Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich wrote Moocs are a "Trojan Horse" with the potential to "destroy" the full-time MBA. But rather than killing the campus, they have become an example of the whizzy digital innovations being embraced by even the oldest Ivy League institutions. "You can expect us to take engaged learning to another level where we implement technology. We're already moving in that direction," says Alison Davis-Blake, dean of the University Of Michigan's Ross School of Business.