Students learn visually. They are at their best in discovering history when they can see it, hear it and immerse themselves in it.
They want to see for themselves where World War II’s history took place, then and now. What did the landscape look like back in 1944, for example and how does it look today in the 21st Century?
They also want to hear from those who were actually there to experience the moments, both the combatants and the survivors. Students want to experience and “visit” the battlefields, the beaches, the overseas cemeteries, the villages, the airfields, the harbors and the locations where the war took place.
Virtual Reality now makes this possible like never before.
Perhaps it will even motivate a younger person to actually visit someday the real locations where World War II biggest moments happened.
For now, however, a combination of 360 degree videos, archival images and veteran and survivor interviews will virtually transport students to places around the world where they will be able to “stand” and look all around important locations such as Normandy, France (D-Day) Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (December 7, 1941 attack) or the woods outside of Bastogne, Belgium (Battle of the Bulge).
All they need is a smartphone and a pair of inexpensive cardboard VR goggles (which we provide).
We soon will be making this technology available to students across the United States as part of our non-profit educational mission.
Needless to say, we are excited to be on the forefront of utilizing VR to help teach World War II to a new generation of students and young people.