Virtual reality (VR) and education has shown itself to be a great mix, with projects like Google Expeditions enabling kids to journey across the world and learn about our planet. Hujiang EdTech, a Chinese online education company, doing something similar with the launch of the Cultural Exchange – “Aim at the World” Museum Children’s Education Project.
Through Hujiang EdTech’s teaching platform CCtalk almost 10,000 students from China’s rural villages took a virtual tour of the Fredeiksborg Castle Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. The live interactive broadcast was led by Ms. Mette Skouggard, the museum’s curator, Chinese representative Gao Yimeng and CCtalk contract teacher Dr. Henry Guo who translated all of the content. “Our Danish partners understand the great importance of this event. They closed the renowned Treasure House for 3 hours just for us to do the live broadcast,” said Guo in a statement.
The majority of the who participated in the live broadcast have never taken a step out of their hometowns. After the event, Sun Dongqiang, principle of Lianzhuang Primary School in Hebei Province, said: “Children in the village really need courses like this, not only to broaden their horizons, but to help increase knowledge as well.”
Hujiang EdTech intends to introduce exhibits and other content from world class museums to children worldwide in collaboration with CCtalk. Courses covering the arts, nature, history, and technology will be available soon.
“Through the combination of high technology including VR, AI and big data and education, we hope to facilitate learning and make knowledge more available to a wider range of audience and build a bridge for cultural exchange worldwide,” said Arnold (Cairui) Fu, Founder & CEO of Hujiang EdTech.
It’s not just Chinese students who’ll be taking part in the Aim at the World, education project. Soon, Danish students will also be able to virtually travel to China, visiting places like Prince Kung’s Mansion in Beijing. “It is very important to promote cultural blending, but it is not easy to organize Danish students to go to China,” said Skougaard in a prior interview with China Central Television.
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