ASU Prep Digital | July 19, 2022
ASU Prep Digital, an accredited online K-12 school offered through Arizona State University, has partnered with Google Public Sector, to make remote immersive learning technology more accessible to students across the United States and around the world. ASU Prep Learning Cloud is a streaming solution that empowers schools to deliver innovative and interactive 3D learning experiences to students using low-bandwidth devices. The technology was developed on and is powered by Google Cloud.This new platform invites students to solve challenges by immersing themselves in interactive settings made possible by technology. For example, students can watch geologic formations emerge through simulations rather than reading about it in a textbook. Students can also explore human organs in 3D or examine a plastic mannequin. This brings topics like erosion, hydrolysis, and human anatomy to life.
To successfully complete a lesson, students must think critically about the concept, explore it, and learn through discovery. Real-time, instructive feedback also helps contribute to a more individualized learning experience.
“We’re turning students into explorers by embedding learning into the digital formats that students love, We spark curiosity by asking students to navigate 3D worlds, hypothesize, and discover knowledge by manipulating game-like simulations to solve real-world problems.”
-David Sudarma, ASU Prep’s chief technology officer
The ASU Prep Learning Cloud represents an important step toward accessibility for students in rural areas, with limited broadband access, and districts where limited technology funding makes it difficult to deliver cutting-edge learning opportunities. This immersive cloud-based education technology can be experienced from mobile devices or Chromebooks, increasing accessibility for all learners, anytime, anywhere. Removing those barriers is especially important for a program like ASU Digital Prep, which can be instrumental in bridging gaps for districts where resources are slim.
ASU Prep Digital has allowed us to partner and advance educational opportunities for thousands of K-12 students who might not have otherwise had access to the courses, credits, mentors, and teachers we offer, said Arizona State University President Michael Crow, who is widely known as a pioneer of online education.
Crow’s vision has created a tech-enhanced learning environment across ASU, inclusive of pre-collegiate students via ASU Prep Digital. A key element of that vision is expanded opportunities in online education, which offers a path to higher education for students who are otherwise hindered from pursuing their education goals. In addition to its rapidly expanding K-12 enrollment, ASU Prep Digital’s School Partnerships continue to grow. The program supports entire school districts in states like Utah, Louisiana and Ohio, as well as schools in 22 states and 12 countries.
In addition to the full- and part-time students who enroll directly with ASU Prep Digital, the school also teams with private schools, public schools, and districts worldwide to offer a K-12 curriculum and one-on-one instruction in a virtual environment. The program’s latest suite of courses, which will be available this fall to partner schools via the ASU Prep Learning Cloud, powered by Google Cloud, can be used in compliance with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
As pioneers in their respective industries, ASU Prep Digital and Google Public Sector worked to develop the platform, which is based on game engine technology. The ASU Prep Learning Cloud features responsive design optimized for the most commonly used devices (e.g., Chromebooks, mobile phones) using Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
“Our partnership with ASU Prep Digital has the ability to unlock new and innovative academic opportunities for learners across the country, We’re unleashing the power of Google Cloud to help make individualized, digital, and interactive learning the new standard in education.”
-Steven Butschi, director of Education, Google Public Sector
Courses integrate seamlessly into existing learning management systems, while supporting robust interactive features that personalize learning. The platform currently supports ASU Prep Digital partner schools, but in the future, could be rolled out to other educational institutions.
As immersive technologies become more widely adapted in education, 3D learning environments such as augmented reality and virtual reality offer great potential for engagement and retention, Our collaboration with Google Public Sector is a terrific first step in expanding access to immersive solutions across many devices, and we’re working together to explore ways immersive technologies can be made even more universally available to eager learners.
To preview a snapshot of ASU Prep Learning Cloud courses, visit: https://vimeo.com/623494408 or take a deeper look at the immersive platform here: https://vimeo.com/689344144/795e785a7c
About ASU Prep Digital
ASU Prep Digital is an accredited online K-12 school that offers a single online course or enrollment in a full-time, diploma-granting program. Because it is part of Arizona State University, ASU Prep Digital offers an accelerated path toward college admission and the chance to earn concurrent high school and university credit. For more information, visit asuprepdigital.org.
ARuVR | May 30, 2022
On May 25th, Virtual and Augmented Reality education services will announce an alliance at an exclusive XR community event to transform medical training. ProfessorManish Chand of the UCL Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will sample ARuVR's technology to train medical students.
'We are delighted to be partnering with Professor Chand and UCL Hospital for this collaboration, as XR is a tool with huge potential in the medical learning space. We look forward to seeing our technology improve medical training, and we particularly believe there are lasting opportunities across the NHS. Our partnership with HTC Vive also marks a great step in expanding our learning technology to the XR development community. It is a pleasure to make these announcements with some of the brightest minds in XR.'
- Frank Furnari, CEO and Founder of ARuVR
'We are very pleased to be working with ARuVR and continuing our relationship. It's exciting to hear from the speakers of the event on XR training, which will continue to play an important role into the future.'
- Darren Lewis, Head of Innovation at BT
"We are excited to have ARuVR join our Vive Business ISV programme, as immersive learning continues to break down barriers and open new worlds for people. It's great to be working closely with ARuVR for premium VR solutions for corporate learning, sales and marketing".
- Keith Russell, Head of B2B Sales EMEA at HTC-Vive
ARuVR and HTC Vive, HTC Corporation’s virtual reality brand, have also announced a collaboration with the HTC VIVE Independent Software Vendors (ISV) Programme, fast-tracking the adoption of ARuVR's cutting-edge XR training solutions. It marks the beginning of a significant British technology partnership in the learning tech space.
Vector Solutions | July 04, 2022
The 2022 SmartBrief EdTech Readers' Choice Awards, which honor the best educational technology products based on reader voting, have chosen Vector Training from Vector Solutions as a winner. For professional development, the online training management system for schools was chosen as the winner.
“We are honored to have been selected as a winner by SmartBrief’s audience of industry professionals, including educators and administrators. It's not an easy time to work in schools, and we're proud to offer engaging and effective training that builds the skills of our nation's educators to help them create safer, smarter, better communities.”
-Vector Solutions Head of Product for Education, Rob Buelow
The SmartBrief EdTech Readers' Choice Awards were created by SmartBrief, a digital news service for K–12 education professionals, to recognize businesses and innovations that have had a significant influence on the education sector. In addition to giving staff and students access to hundreds of expert-authored online training courses, Vector Training—previously known as SafeSchools—also makes it simple for administrators to track and administer those trainings on a flexible, easy web-based platform. Additionally, districts are able to design and deliver unique courses through the system using Vector Training.
Vector Solutions, a top provider of software and training to assist schools in making their operations and communities safer, smarter, and better, has just won another education award. The company's educational solutions have also won recognition in the past year from THE Journal, Campus Technology, and Tech & Learning.