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Verizon Goes Back to School with New Immersive Learning Content

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.

Launched 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.

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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.
  • McGraw Hill: Building on the McGraw Hill AR app launched in June, the leading global education company will launch new AR geometry and pre-algebra readiness lesson plans for middle and high school students. These interactive experiences were designed to leverage relevant 3D models and activities to reach a variety of learner types.
  • NYC Media Lab: The winning museums, science centers and cultural institutions of the Museum Initiative will release a series of lesson plans designed to leverage existing 5G EdTech apps such as Aurelia, Visceral Science, 5G Covet, Unsung, CocoCast and GRX.
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The new resources are in addition to seven professional development courses for educators, created in partnership with non-profit Digital Promise. These courses, aligned to micro-credentials, focus on serving diverse learners with technology integration and include The Art of Content Curation, Creating a Collaborative Classroom Culture and Gamifying Learning.

“We’ve seen first-hand through Verizon Innovative Learning how effectively integrated technology in education and providing students with next-gen tools can not only help close the digital skills gap, but also inspire them to explore educational and career paths that advance their economic mobility,” said Alex Servello, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Verizon. “We are excited to welcome new partnerships and expand on existing ones that democratize access to new immersive learning experiences and expose students to even more opportunities.”

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