Implementation of technology in the classroom goes beyond Google searches and reading apps and is extending its branches to sciences. Virtual laboratories are popping up in school districts and online learning curriculum across the country and making it easier and less expensive for students to do experiments remotely. Here are some of the benefits of virtual labs:
The most often cited benefit of any online learning is student’s convenience to learn at their convenience. The same is true of virtual laboratories if the experiments are on the student’s own time. A virtual lab can also be used during the regular class time which though narrows this benefit but still allows flexibility for the teacher who is not limited by using resources within a strict timeframe.
Another benefit of a virtual lab is that the students can redo experiments on the spot while they are still in a critical thinking mode. Communication between teachers and students become more efficient as all the results are recorded. The experiments go beyond the “one chance” option and students can analyze what went wrong immediately and give it another shot.
Virtual lab makes available the cutting-edge technology to the schools and students when it comes to experimentation. Companies that build and maintain virtual labs must compete with each other to stay ahead of technology progression and that raises the quality of options for students. Students do not have to settle on outdated, yet expensive equipment with the help of virtual labs.
Despite a fee associated with using virtual labs, the capital and maintenance costs are drastically low. The cost is split among the clients of the particular virtual lab instead of one school footing the bill for resources, allowing the school to provide a better learning experience for students at a fraction of the cost.