Virtual Reality: Furthering Digital Education in Hungary

Telenor Hungary’s program, Hipersuli, plans to use cutting edge tech to improve the efficiency of Hungarian public education. Here’s how!

Telenor Hungary’s digital education program, Hipersuli (‘Super School’), plans to take education to exciting new places. By using smart devices, electronic learning resources and mobile internet, the Hipersuli programme aims to positively impact the efficiency of Hungarian public education with the active involvement of children and teachers.

And now – in addition to providing hybrid tablets and Hipernet – Telenor Hungary is introducing a new piece of state of the-art technology to make classes more exciting: virtual reality (VR) glasses.

046_webUsing content developed for VR glasses, Hipersuli students over 13 can take off on epic digital journeys deep sea diving, scaling mountains, or flying over an erupting volcano as part of their in-class experience.

Hipersuli: how it began

The pilot of the Hipersuli Program was implemented in a 4th grade class of a primary school in September 2013. Students used digital learning resources and smart devices for three subjects throughout the year. Based on the experience of the pilot, Telenor’s Hipersuli digital education program was launched in 14 classes of 5 schools including 350 children and 13 teachers in May 2015.

Academic support

But the Hipersuli project isn’t just about state-of-the-art technology. In addition to digital devices and Hipernet access, Hipersuli offers educational material on safe internet use, teacher training as well as ongoing technical and academic support to the teachers involved.
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Digital education may improve student’s marks

To measure the efficiency of this new method of teaching and learning, psychological and educational tests were conducted. The results of the first six months of focus group, questionnaire and psychological surveys reveal that children and teachers feel that the project contributes to their growth: The children find that smart devices make classes exciting, engaging and playful – and that digital education may improve their marks and it helps them learn how to use the internet responsibly.

Parents also expect that the use of digital devices will have a positive impact on their children’s progress at school. Moreover, parents consider the program useful also because it makes children aware that internet can be used for learning and it improves their chances for a better life in future.

“We want to provide digital services not only to entertain, but also to educate society so that we can become customers’ preferred partner in their digital lives”

Christopher Laska, CEO, Telenor Hungary

A Strategic Partnership

As part of its strategic partnership with the Hungarian government, Telenor has been cooperating with the Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development (OFI), its project partner supplying digital learning resources. Furthermore, Microsoft also contributed to Hipersuli as a cooperating partner.