Teacher Uses Half-Life: Alyx To Deliver Math Lesson In VR

A teacher has found a way to deliver his lessons remotely using virtual reality… and Half-Life: Alyx.Charles Coomber, a Multiple-Subjects teacher from San Diego has taken to YouTube to deliver a lesson about Angle Vocabulary using in-game marker pens and planks of wood.

Half-Life: Alyx Virtual Lesson Screenshots

This homeschooling stroke of genius is made possible by the sheer level of detail in the opening moments of Half-Life: Alyx, which lets players draw on the windows in Alyx’s greenhouse.

Coomber leads his students through the hallmarks of complementary and supplementary angles with serious charisma, using window panes and a set of coloured markers.

At one point, he even brandishes a plank of wood for a physical demonstration. Coomber ends the video with a challenging problem in Alyx’s surveillance room, erasing part of her detailed Citadel layout in the process…As he offers up his knowledge, you can hear Combine alarms and patrols puttering about in the streets, City 17’s Citadel looming large in the background.

This clever remote teaching method is clearly a response to the COVID-19 crisis, which has led countries to close schools and forced teachers to adapt to provide learning. If you’re yet to dive into Valve’s latest, check out our review of the game, which we thought “set a new bar for VR.”For even more detail on Half-Life: Alyx, you can check out our interview with Alyx developers Robin Walker and Chris Remo about the potential of Valve making more Half-Life games in the future.

Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN who feels deeply ashamed by his failure to understand 8th Grade maths. It’s been a while, ok! Follow him on Twitter.

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