New AR app and lesson plans address increased interest in AR technology from both teachers and parents

A free AR app can bring learning to life


A new app and lesson plans address increased interest in AR technology from both teachers and parents

The McGraw Hill AR app joins existing AR and virtual reality (VR) educational materials, tailored lesson plans, and credentialed professional development on technology integration within the learning environment. The app currently features three activities on algebra readiness and geometry for grades 6-12, with the full suite of 10 math-centric activities to be live by fall 2022.

“Seeing how educators are rethinking how they teach, how students learn, and how to reinvent using emerging technologies, now more than ever it is imperative that they have access to next-gen learning tools and the powerful learning opportunities they unlock,” said Alex Servello, director of corporate social responsibility at Verizon.

Verizon’s transformative education initiative, Verizon Innovative Learning, is celebrating 10 years of driving equity within education for some of the most vulnerable populations across the country.

AR app drives student engagement

The McGraw Hill AR app offers dynamic, standards-aligned, publisher-grade lessons that motivate and engage students while promoting deep conceptual understanding. The activities offered through the app supplement any core curriculum by stimulating engagement and improving learning retention through interaction, exploration, and multi-sensory experiences using tablets and smartphones.

The AR app will help to foster increased adoption of the technology in the classroom. In a recent survey conducted with Hanover Research, over three-quarters (78 percent) of educators reported student engagement as the greatest benefit of leveraging AR technology in the classroom. This is particularly important following substantial pandemic-induced learning loss. While teacher and student access to AR technology has been limited to date, 74 percent of educators who use AR use it often – at least once a week.

The McGraw Hill AR app is available for download free of charge on any Apple or Android tablet or smartphone via the App Store and Google Play, and with accompanying lesson plans for educators at Verizon Innovative Learning HQ.

This press release originally appeared online on Verizon’s site.

Laura Ascione

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