As aspects of pre-pandemic life slowly emerge from nearly two years of masking, testing, and social distancing, educators are once again gathering at edtech conferences to experience the latest and greatest solutions, digital tools, and professional learning opportunities.
Here’s a sampling of new digital tools and announcements from edtech solution providers.
Avantis Education, producer of ClassVR, demonstrated its AR and VR content along with its ClassVR Premium Headset, designed for classrooms and available in sets of 8 or 30. ClassVR, the company’s solution, is a full turnkey VR and AR offering for classrooms, teachers, and education. ClassVR offers a web-based management portal and uses existing IT infrastructure for wi-fi and connectivity. The aim is to make it easier for teachers to integrate VR and AR resources into their existing instruction by equipping teachers with the tools they need to be able to teach within that environment. Educators also can explore Avanti’s World, an educational VR experience split into four lands with learning zones and scenes for students to explore independently.
Curriculum Associates, pulling from i-Ready diagnostics data, released reports on what’s happening with unfinished learning related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Research shows fewer students are starting the year prepared for math and ELA, fewer are on target to learn to read, and there are more gaps in phonics, and sophisticated math skill comprehension. Curriculum Associates plans to continue partnering with schools, districts, and educators to provide deep insight and understanding to help educators save time and understand where students are in terms of unfinished learning in math and reading.
Discovery Education launched Sandbox AR, a new, no-cost, Augmented Reality app. The app empowers students and teachers to create, share, and even inhabit virtual environments. Within Sandbox AR, users can create virtual worlds and populate them with some of the hundreds of unique objects from history, the built world, science and nature, and more. For those new to AR, the app includes many pre-built sandboxes exploring diverse subjects such as ancient Egypt, space exploration, and more, with additional sandboxes coming soon. Discovery Education is also making available several free, pre-built lessons educators can use with the app to familiarize themselves with integrating AR into classroom instruction. Sandbox AR is available for download here.
DocuPhase demonstrated how its automation platform can help schools digitally transform their district with back-office automation. Automation can accelerate school administration to help districts save time, cut costs, and better serve their communities.
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