Educators Share Hopes, Concerns About Virtual Reality at ISTE

| June 26, 2018

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Virtual reality is hard to to escape at the nation's largest ed-tech conference this year.Several dozen sessions at the International Society for Technology in Education's annual conference in Chicago touch on VR or offer tips for integrating it into the classroom, Google is offering tutorials for its Google Expeditions virtual tours, and a handful of VR vendors dot the exhibition hall.

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Extramarks aims to transform the conventional system of education by providing modern-day total learning™ digital solutions to students as well as teachers. With easy to understand engaging content empowered by advance technology, Extramarks effectively creates a smart, personalized, and interactive learning environment in classrooms and home alike.Extramarks has earned worldwide recognition with time and has now become the most sought-after teaching-learning tool in schools. It synchronizes with the school curriculum and covers the entire K-12 spectrum with its dynamic learning tools, enabling students to experience real-time visual-oriented learning. Also, Extramarks is compatible with several digital platforms to make it easier for students and teachers to access it anytime, anywhere.

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