Information technology students at Toi Ohomai are getting a taste of the future, using exciting new technologies like virtual and augmented reality, 360 video and robotics.
Tutor Jacob Van Silfhout has been instrumental in introducing new technologies into the classroom this year. He is particularly passionate about virtual reality and believes it's one of the most exciting emerging technologies around.
“VR is the way forward and I want to be at the forefront of bringing that into the classroom. You need early adopters to make new technology take off.”
The students' projects include virtual walk-throughs of buildings, interactive movies, and showcasing open homes using virtual reality.
“The experience is completely immersive. One of the student's projects could change the way people view open homes.”
While Jacob says some of this tech may be new to Tauranga, it is booming in the larger cities and could give graduates the edge when it comes to finding a job.
“With Toi Ohomai, graduates will have not only the traditional skills of programming, networking and web design, but they'll know how to do things like make a virtual reality building walk-through or an interactive movie.”
While this current group of students are the test group, from 2018 all Level 5 students will be able to take part, choosing a focus that interests them for their special project.
“I'm encouraging the students to think outside the box, to come up with new ideas and see how far they can take this technology.”
For more information on studying information technology with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in 2018 visit www.toiohomai.ac.nz or call 0800 86 46 46.
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