On the 5th and 6th of May, two M3 students from XLIS recently attended the Global Association for Immersive Learning Advancement (GAILA) XR Challenge with our Head of Logistics Mr. Parker. The event was held in Tianjin and was hosted by the International School of Tianjin (IST). This new event saw the participation of students from various international schools across the globe, who worked together using real-world data to create 3D augmented reality graphs and charts, and to present a presentation video.
The XR Challenge aimed to promote immersive learning experiences and the use of virtual and augmented reality technologies to support traditional teaching methods. The students from XLIS were tasked to use their creativity and analytical skills to come up with innovative ideas and solutions to global issues, such as global warming, population, and other pressing concerns. The XR challenge was an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world setting, collaborate with peers from diverse backgrounds, and learn from industry experts and mentors.
Participating in such events provides students with several learning outcomes that are crucial for their personal and professional development. Firstly, the XR Challenge fosters creativity and innovation by encouraging students to think outside the box and come up with innovative solutions to complex problems. Secondly, it promotes collaboration and teamwork by requiring students to work together with their peers from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This builds cultural competence and helps students develop essential soft skills such as communication, leadership, and adaptability. Thirdly, it provides students with hands-on experience using cutting-edge technologies, enabling them to develop digital literacy skills that are essential in the 21st century.
XLIS is extremely grateful to GAILA and IST and the opportunity it gave our students to participate in this immersive learning experience. This event provided students with a unique platform to showcase their creativity, learn from peers, mentors, and experts, and build their digital literacy skills. Events like these expose students to the real-world challenges and prepare them to become global open-minded citizens who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
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Kriss Parker (Head of Logistics)