AI Will Define Education in the Post-Pandemic Era

IBM | June 01, 2020

In the last two months, the COVID-19 outbreak has forced at least 124,000 U.S. public and private schools in the United States to close under stay-at-home orders, requiring over 55 million students and educators to adopt digital learning as the new normal.Digital learning, also known as e-learning, is not new. Many high school and college students take academic courses online. Even for younger students and continuous learners, private online learning has been a trend for years through mobile tutoring apps and digital learning platforms. Still, that doesn’t mean digital learning is the same now as it was when it started – and it won’t be the same after the coronavirus pandemic is over, thanks to the incorporation of artificial intelligence.

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The VR revolution looks here to stay this time. Gaming and Movies are creating many of the headlines, however the use of VR in classroom is set to take the education sector by storm. Here are five benefits of using Virtual Reality in the classroom:Imagine visiting the natural history museum in London, without even leaving the classroom? Well trips like this are now made possible with virtual reality. Incredibly useful not only from a cost and time saving point of view, but students who haven’t the means to ever go on a field trip, now have the chance to visually experience the wonders of the world in just a click of a button.

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The VR revolution looks here to stay this time. Gaming and Movies are creating many of the headlines, however the use of VR in classroom is set to take the education sector by storm. Here are five benefits of using Virtual Reality in the classroom:Imagine visiting the natural history museum in London, without even leaving the classroom? Well trips like this are now made possible with virtual reality. Incredibly useful not only from a cost and time saving point of view, but students who haven’t the means to ever go on a field trip, now have the chance to visually experience the wonders of the world in just a click of a button.

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The Association for Middle Level Education and American Student Assistance has Introduced a Digital Playbook for Career Exploration in Middle Grades

AMLE | July 13, 2021

The American Student Assistance (ASA) and the Association for Middle-Level Education (AMLE) have announced the release of Career Exploration in the Middle Grades: A Playbook for Educators. The digital playbook and its associated online resource center, the first of its type for middle schools, offer evidence-based best practices for effectively conducting career exploration with students aged 10-15. In addition, the playbook provides a beginning point for various career exploration programs, complete with implementation guidelines and case studies from schools throughout the country. Many of the case studies featured in this playbook are from schools that participated in the ASA Middle School Career Exploration Grant program, the results of which were important in the creation of this playbook. The playbook's primary goal was usability, with practical and approachable resources that schools can use regardless of their current level of programming. About the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) The Association for Middle-Level Education (AMLE) is an international membership organization that assists middle school educators in engaging every student, growing professionally, and creating great schools. About American Student Assistance (ASA) American Student Assistance (ASA) is a national non-profit dedicated to assisting children in becoming more aware of themselves, their options and making informed decisions to accomplish their educational and professional goals. ASA has a 60-year history of assisting students in gaining access to higher education through loans and financial education. In addition, ASA has used its experience to provide impactful solutions for students in grades 6-12 to pursue their dreams.

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CORPORATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Virtual Reality to Revolutionize Remote Education and Training

From The Future | August 20, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new need for virtual learning. CEO of From the Future, Mike Christian, has written an educational eBook about the solutions and benefits that Virtual Reality can provide to students and educators. Christian goes into detail about the potential impact of immersive learning from the digitization of formal approaches to education, such as learning by doing, to gifting students and instructors with virtual superpowers. How Virtual Reality Will Revolutionize Training and Education was written from a futurist's perspective. Christian draws on decades of experience creating virtual worlds and developing VR applications for training, therapy, and rehabilitation to clearly communicate the potential of this new medium. You will not only learn how VR will enhance training and education but also how it might hold the key to developing heightened intelligence. "It takes quite a while, and quite a lot of iterations to create a mental model when you are trying to learn," says author and CEO Mike Christian. "In virtual reality, all of that is done for you. Education that takes weeks could take days, education that takes days could take hours, or even minutes." According to Pew Research Center, the amount of individuals that were working from home before the COVID-19 outbreak was approximately 20%. That metric is now at 70%, with 36% of them reporting that they are choosing to not return to their place of work. This ever evolving environment around employment is just one example of why this eBook has become an invaluable tool. About From The Future From the Future creates custom, next generation VR applications with unlimited possibilities for sales, training, education, therapy, and more. FTF is a leader in developing highly engaging and interactive virtual reality software, and has been creating virtual environments for decades. Their latest experience is the DRIVE (Distributed Real-time Interactive Virtual Environment) platform and the Hololab Training system designed to deliver revolutionary efficiency and effectiveness in learning.

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ONLINE EDUCATION

TutorMe Launches Partnership with Ferguson-Florissant School District

TutorMe | February 10, 2022

TutorMe, the online tutoring solution of the future, today announced a partnership with Ferguson-Florissant School District to provide more than 11,000 K-12 students with access to TutorMe's online, 24/7 tutoring service. TutorMe will be available to students at no cost to them for the 2021-2022 school year. With over 15,000 tutors available anytime to help with hundreds of subjects, TutorMe provides on-demand expertise whenever students need it. TutorMe's award-winning lesson space features a virtual whiteboard, text editor, audio/video chat, and screen sharing where students connect live with a tutor. All lessons are archived for future reference. Students also have access to the Writing Lab to submit their essays, papers, and other writing assignments and receive feedback from a writing tutor within hours. "Our partnership with TutorMe will allow our students of all ages to have on-call help when needed, and give each student the opportunity to thrive in any subject matter with no cost to their family," said Kevin Voepel, Secondary Math and Professional Development Coordinator. "The pandemic has made it difficult for students to seek out extra help. This new tool will hopefully bridge that gap and I look forward to seeing the positive improvement across each classroom." TutorMe's virtual classroom provides interactive features including a text editor, code editor, two-way audio/video chat, screen sharing, and a virtual whiteboard for engaging and enriching education. Each session is archived so students can conveniently access past lessons to help them with coursework and studying. "TutorMe has been on the frontline of online education assistance well before the pandemic arrived, providing top-notch tutors and on-demand academic support to ensure students never feel lost. The community of students, staff, and families at Ferguson-Florissant School District can rely on TutorMe to provide 1-on-1 learning during critical times of need and beyond." TutorMe's Co-founder and CEO Myles Hunter About TutorMe TutorMe, a subsidiary of Zovio, provides 24/7 high-dosage tutoring to over a million students in thousands of school districts and higher education institutions coast to coast. As the leading online tutoring solution since 2015, TutorMe helps achieve equitable education by giving learners access to 1-on-1 live support in hundreds of subjects and expert essay reviewers for in-depth feedback on papers. For its excellence in education technology, TutorMe has been named one of FETC®'s Top Ed Tech Products of 2022 and Best Tech for Good Winner in the Timmy Awards. TutorMe is headquartered in Los Angeles with a fully remote team of talented individuals working together to democratize quality academic support. About Zovio Zovio is an education technology services company that partners with higher education institutions and employers to deliver innovative, personalized solutions to help learners and leaders achieve their aspirations. The Zovio network, including Fullstack Academy and TutorMe, leverages its core strengths to solve priority market needs through education technology services. Using proprietary, advanced data analytics, Zovio identifies the most meaningful ways to enhance the learner experience and deliver strong outcomes for higher education institutions, employers, and learners. Zovio's purpose is to help everyone be in a class of their own.

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