Virtual Sites in Sight: Critical Thinking and the Metaverse | Harbord & Khan | 5 Min Read

April 3, 2024

With rapid technological changes, the allure of virtual realities is growing, and, like other technologies, it has the potential for both great, innovative applications and the seedier side of human interactions. The VR experience offers unprecedented opportunities for schools as well as supportive spaces and communities for many people who find social interaction difficult. It also has a positive impact in areas such as medical training, pain relief, care for the elderly, and sports performance and rehabilitation. Navigating these platforms can also be confusing. Developmentally, many young people find the immersive nature of the VR experience so absorbing that they find it difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality. The next generation will spend approximately 10 years in virtual reality, and it is vital that safeguards are put in place to protect them from harm (The Institution of Engineering and Technology Report, 2022). Educators seem to be in the front line to support students and parents to understand how to protect themselves online. For teachers it can be overwhelming to try and manage all the new challenges that present themselves. 

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Meredith Harbord EdD and Sara Riaz Khan are global educators who use ethical dilemmas to enrich and transform curriculum. Their student centric approach is driven by an ethical model and innovative tools that support critical thinking and creativity. Meredith and Sara’s collaboration as Design teachers at ABA Oman International School in Muscat, focused on sustainability, ethical design and global mindedness and inspired them to establish Harbord & Khan Educational Consultants. They develop units of work based on real world issues to engage and challenge students for diverse curriculums (IB, PBL, Common Core and Australian) and are available for professional development and to create programs to meet the specific needs of your school. Meredith and Sara have authored two teacher curriculum books ‘Interdisciplinary Thinking for Schools: Ethical Dilemmas MYP 1, 2 & 3’ and ‘Interdisciplinary Thinking for Schools: Ethical Dilemmas MYP 4 & 5’ (2020). Website: