Appleton, WI (February 16, 2017) - With the help of Cellcom’s Virtual Reality (VR) Kits for Classrooms program, students in the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System will be using VR to take a deeper dive into content they are currently studying.

Virtual reality gives teachers the power to take their classroom anywhere in the world, fully immersing students in a lesson and allowing them to experience new places and explore new ideas. Today, sixth graders at Xavier Middle School will be ‘visiting’ Aztec and Mayan ruins. Tomorrow students at Xavier Elementary – Marquette St. Campus will take an astronomy expedition and will also explore ‘America Expands West.’

Becky Ackermann, technology coordinator for the school system, said, “The VR kits have been such a blessing to the students and the teachers. It allows them to experience the content in a hands-on, immersive and engaging manner. I just love watching the kids get so excited about learning, and the teachers are as giddy as the students when they are on an expedition!”

Cellcom sees VR as an opportunity to use its technology to enhance learning and give students a greater understanding. “Smartphones have evolved into powerful tools that put a wealth of information and resources at your fingertips. These devices are now bridging another gap, making virtual reality experiences accessible as an educational tool. We are excited to put this technology in the hands of local educators so they cannot only engage students in their curriculums, but inspire them with the infinite possibilities of technology,” said Brighid Riordan, director of public affairs and customer experience initiatives.

Cellcom launched its VR kit program in October 2016. Teachers throughout Cellcom’s service area are able to reserve a bank of 15 smartphones and receive free accompanying virtual reality viewers. The schools have a week to use the VR kits to experience new places and explore new ideas. To learn more, visit cellcom.com/classroom.