BBC Countryfile visits Plumpton College to learn about Immersive Teaching

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Adam Henson from BBC Countryfile using VR with Plumpton College studentsAgriculture students were delighted to welcome Adam Henson and the team from Countryfile into their lessons earlier this month to share how immersive technology is leading the way with teaching and learning at Plumpton College.

Level 3 Agriculture students were given the task of creating a virtual reality video to be used to teach Level 1 and 2 Agriculture students best practice when milking the dairy herd, preparing the herd for milking, and why certain processes are undertaken to maintain the health and welfare of the herd. Adam got involved with the students in the classroom, helping to devise the film and script. Once the film was made and edited, Adam met the Level 2 students in the classroom to see how the VR headsets are used in study.

Director of teaching and learning Sam Coles adds:

"Students lead these projects, devising the materials themselves, creating storyboards and scripts. It helps them to understand how to explain the practical work they are undertaking, especially when it a process that is part of a daily routine in the farming day, where often tasks feel second nature, and to be able to explain the importance of best practice and why actions are undertaken is an important part of learning. More and more students are studying at Plumpton College who do not have a farming background, and so utilising resources like this in the classroom before practical sessions in the parlour helps to embed learning prior to being in the environment.

We use the 360-degree cameras and virtual reality headsets across a range of our subjects and take this technology out into schools as a great way to show prospective students the amount of technology used in the land-based sectors and to prepare our students for their careers where technology will be used in everyday practice. Not only will practical skills be needed, but digital skills are also becoming increasingly important. We have to look to the future to ensure students leave us with the right skills their industry demands."

The story will be screened during Countryfile on BBC One Sunday 17 February 2019 at 7pm.
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