The Future Reality Lab’s Director, Ken Perlin, sees VR as “opening up a door between teacher and student,” helping pupils feel more involved in the curriculum. ChalkTalk is already being used in classrooms to teach computer graphics, animation and sound processing, but it could also be used in subjects like physics and chemistry, as well as for students who respond well to non-traditional teaching methods.
The program also subtly shifts the power relationship inherent in many classrooms. Now, the lessons sit between teacher and student in midair, a neutral space that can be adjusted, questioned and tested — together. Everyone in the class can get involved and push one another, which, according to Perlin, “is where the really good learning happens.”