Visiting Italy from the classroom

Dec 17, 2017 964

BY: Jordan Williams

Imagine taking a class trip to Italy without having to leave the classroom. Three Ph.D. students in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program made it possible with the help of virtual reality. Margherita Berti, Stefano Maranzana and Jake Monzingo hosted an event Tuesday, Nov. 28 that allowed undergraduate students enrolled in Italian 101, 102, 201 and 202 to use Google Cardboard glasses to explore Italy.  

Berti was first introduced to Google Cardboard glasses as a masters student during a class she took on technology and language learning. She said she wanted students to use this form of virtual reality to immerse them into the Italian culture instead of only using a textbook.

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