Japanese pupils use avatars to go on online school trip amid pandemic

Pupils at the Kinjo elementary school in Kaga went on an online school trip using avatars on Tuesday. The children were seen watching the tour from their classroom projector as they took turns on the headset that allowed them to operate the avatar and communicate with the tour guide in Tokyo. The ANA Group conducted the field trial of the online school trip, providing an innovative way of dealing with the restrictions imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic. One of the pupils praised the technology, saying that “even if you are sick or have a crippled life, you can go freely with the avatar.” Another pupil commented that he felt like he was on an actual school trip. Hideto Shouda, the Innovation Promotion Division Chief for the city of Kaga, said that this will be the future of school trips, especially due to the COVID-19 situation. «It's a kind of place where you can just go anytime on our regular school trip, or the schools can arrange it every year, but because of this kind of coronavirus situation, it is difficult to go on a school trip nowadays,» he explained

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