Ann Clements, associate professor and the Graduate Program Chair for Music Education in Penn State’s School of Music, is exploring how a virtual reality classroom featuring artificial intelligence (AI) “students” can be used as a training tool for pre-service student teachers. The AI-driven virtual classroom offers opportunities to practice various student engagement techniques that these pre-service teachers may not have had before.

“This technology provides students with an immersive experience where they can make meaningful mistakes in a low-stakes environment,” Kyle Bowen, director of Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) at Penn State, said. “Through repetition and practice in a virtual...

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