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What if…

Virtual Experiences Close the Achievement Gap?

By Rosie Vojtek (rl) Roxie Neiro (sl)

Yet, there are peers in these same districts, We all know them. They are the students in schools, and classrooms who have vacaour districts, schools, and classrooms who tioned in Maui Hawaii, observed the Mona have never traveled outside of their own Lisa while visiting the Louvre with their famibackyards (i.e., city, county, state, country). ly in Paris, gone down under to Australia and They are the children who live in Los Angeles New Zealand, or cruised through the Caribwho have never been to the beach, danced in bean exploring island cultures and cuisines. the waves, or walked in the sand. They are One of the greatest challenges facing educathe children who live in Virginia that have tors today is, “How to close the achievement never been to Washington DC to see the gap.” How do we bridge the capitol, tour the Smithsonian Museums, or gap between those students visited the National Zoo. They are the chilwho have and those who do dren who live in upstate New York that have not – in this case, the opnever seen Niagara Falls or visited Time portunity to travel and build Square in New York City. They are the stutheir vocabulary, background dents in my school who live in Connecticut knowledge, and create lasting but have never driven two hours north to impressions from first-hand Boston to walk the Freedom Trail. experiences? How do we provide an equal playing field so that no matter your gender, race, religion, economic status, or where you live, every student has equal access to experience the world beneath us, the world above us, and the world around us? 6 PAGE

VEJ Summer 2018  

In the Summer 2018 issue, the Virtural Education Journal asks the question, "What If... virtual experiences can level the playing field by b...

VEJ Summer 2018  

In the Summer 2018 issue, the Virtural Education Journal asks the question, "What If... virtual experiences can level the playing field by b...