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School has virtual reality class


A school installs a virtual reality studio to bring studies into the 21st Century

A Bournemouth girls school has started holding "virtual reality" lessons - with life-like studies including a tour of the Mount St Helens volcano.

Avonbourne School has installed a virtual reality studio for the studies, which include wandering through a virtual Tudor town.

The studio is part of the school's new 750,000 creative technology suite, funded by Bournemouth Borough Council.

Headteacher, Debbie Godfrey, said schools need to respond to change.

"It's wonderful, a wonderful opportunity," she said.

"The world is changing and we need to respond in how we are educating our young people today."

One Year 10 pupil said: "It's really exciting because you can go and see nearly anywhere in the world."

The creative technology block also includes a video conferencing centre, a projection room and a laptop suite.

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