Verizon goes back to school with new immersive learning content, including the WWI Memorial "Virtual Explorer"

By Bernadette Brijlall
via the stockhouse.com web site 

What you need to know:

  • Verizon goes back to school with new immersive learning content across its award-winning Verizon Innovative Learning education initiative, aimed at driving digital equity and inclusion for teachers and students through a suite of programs and resources.
  • New and existing partnerships with trusted education companies, edtech innovators and cultural institutions democratize access to new AR and VR apps and a series of integrated lesson plans across Verizon Innovative Learning.
  • K-12 educators nationwide can access tech-driven content through Verizon Innovative Learning HQ, a free education portal that makes next-gen learning tools available to all.
  • This fall, Verizon will add 50 new Title I schools and 50 new labs to Verizon Innovative Learning, which has reached over 1.5 million students since its launch in 2012.
  • Available all year long on the network America relies on, teachers and students can save up to $25/mo on all 5G unlimited plans and access affordable deals on devices and accessories for back to school.

NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As students head back to school, Verizon is continuing to bolster immersive learning content across its award-winning Verizon Innovative Learning education initiative, through a suite of programs and resources, aimed at driving digital equity and inclusion for teachers and students across the nation. Verizon’s impactful partnerships with trusted education companies, edtech innovators and cultural institutions enable educators to access new tech-driven lesson plans that utilize the power of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) apps in the classroom.

verizon-innovative-learning.pngLaunched in 2021, Verizon Innovative Learning HQ, an award-winning, free education portal that makes the next-gen learning tools of the overarching Verizon Innovative Learning initiative available to all K-12 educators nationwide, is unveiling even more immersive educational content, including AR and VR apps with accompanying lesson plans. The company is building on hundreds of lesson plans and 15 AR and VR apps currently available on the education portal by adding four additional apps and more lesson plans from partner organizations, all designed to increase student engagement and allow for an innovative approach to learning. Educators can also access extensive training and resources through the education portal, enabling them to teach students in new and engaging ways and to provide them with the skills they need to thrive in a digital-centric world.

The new integrated resources were designed to enable educators to integrate technology into the classroom in all subjects. New immersive content being released from new and existing partners within the 2022-2023 school year includes:

  • Current Studios: The innovation studio known for specializing in AR, experience design and artificial intelligence - and which developed the Verizon Innovative Learning Lab Online app - has now designed four unique AR STEM career exploration challenges for high school students that will focus on areas such as Cybersecurity and Esports, as well as a paleontology-themed AR app where grades K-5 students can become virtual paleontologists. The studio is also relaunching the Career Day app, enabling students to unlock new potential career paths by engaging in interviews with accomplished STEM professionals, including those at Verizon, through AR.
  • Discovery Education: Building off an existing collaboration with Verizon, the worldwide edtech leader developed new humanities-focused lesson plans, adding to its library of curriculum for the new AR experience - TimePod Adventures app. This AR experience developed for grades 3-12 allows them to virtually travel through time to visit Mars and examine the evolution of political systems and different types of government to make a recommendation as to how Mars should be governed once a community is established.
  • Doughboy Foundation: The non-profit whose mission supports programs, projects and activities commemorating and educating about America’s role in World War I, created the WWI Memorial “Virtual Explorer” AR app. It introduces a next generation of young adults to the transformational impact WWI had on America. History-based lesson plans focus on topics including WWI’s social impact on women, Native Americans, African Americans and all Americans, as the United States stepped onto the world stage as a global power for the first time in history.

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