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Kahoot! Integrates with Zoom to Provide Engagement in Video Conferencing and Virtual Learning

Kahoot! | July 22, 2021

Kahoot!, the global learning platform company, announced today that it is partnering with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. to introduce Kahoot! app for Zoom, enabling Zoom meeting attendees to easily access, host, and play Kahoot! learning content directly inside Zoom Meetings.

The engagement has proved to be critical to successful learning, collaboration, and connection as the world has increased the use of video communications in work and social settings. The Kahoot! app for Zoom will make it simpler than ever for corporate leaders to engage and inspire their team members with Kahootengaging, !'s game-based learning experiences at a time when many businesses are staying virtual or planning for a hybrid model.

Users can access, host, and play Kahoot! games and learning content with other Zoom Meeting participants without ever leaving the Zoom Meeting or requiring a second device using the Kahoot! app for Zoom. In meetings, presentations, and virtual events, corporate leaders can energize their teams.

Use every video call to its full potential.

Hosts can use Kahoot! app for Zoom to use the power of friendly rivalry and play to engage all participants. Users can conduct knowledge and feedback checks with workers, use word clouds to encourage innovative thinking, and use polls, open-ended questions, and other tools to empower participants' voices. With the brainstorm function, companies can crowdsource ideas and take collaboration to the next level.

Meeting hosts will get immediate access to data and reporting from their Kahoot! experience, allowing them to respond in real-time to audience engagement with the content. Hosts can also distribute the Kahoot! games to all participants as self-paced tasks for those who weren't able to attend live, extending attendees' engagement and improving learning retention.

About Kahoot!

Kahoot! is on a mission to change the way people learn. We aim to enable everyone to reach their maximum learning potential, including children, students, and employees. Our learning platform makes it simple for anybody, whether an individual or a company, to develop, share, and play engaging learning games. Kahoot! was founded in 2013 to become the world's most popular learning platform. In the past year, 300 million games have been played on Kahoot! platform, with 1.8 billion players from over 200 nations participating. In addition to the award-winning DragonBox math learning apps, the Poio learn to read app, the Drops language learning apps, the Actimo and Motimate employee engagement and corporate platforms, and Whiteboard.fi, the online whiteboard tool for all educators, teachers, and classrooms, the Kahoot! the family also includes the award-winning DragonBox math learning apps, the Poio learn to read app, the Drops language learning apps, the Actimo and Motimate employee engagement and corporate The Kahoot! Group has offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, and Spain.

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Smart Stone Technology has been working with schools and teachers closely. The first Smart Stone VR Learning Centre has been established at Wooranna Park Primary School in Oct 2018.Smart Stone is a technology company and an education solution provider with a focus on applying virtual reality and augmented reality technology in teaching. We hope to engage students in learning and spark imagination with the help of our technologies.

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Global eLearning Provider KnowledgeCity Offers Complimentary Course Access to Mark National Nonprofit Day

KnowledgeCity | August 16, 2021

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Juni Learning Partners with Makeblock, NASA and Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration to Debut ��Intro to Robotics: Exploring Uncharted Territories’

Juni Learning | January 21, 2022

Juni Learning (Juni) the online learning platform for kids focused on real world readiness, today announced its newest course in partnership with Makeblock, NASA and Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration: ‘Intro to Robotics: Exploring Uncharted Territories’. During the course, students will use foundational knowledge of Juni’s Scratch or Python coding courses to build and interact with Makeblock’s mBot Neo robot, inspiring excitement and intrigue among the next generation of curious explorers and future roboticists. ‘Exploring Uncharted Territories’ teaches students about robotics through a real-world lens. To begin, students are tasked with building an mBot Neo robot from Makeblock’s award-winning STEM education kit, designed to teach the fundamentals of robotics. Students will then use their knowledge of Scratch or Python coding to program the robots' driving controls. With each project, students are presented with a real-world challenge to maneuver their robots through, emulating what a NASA astronaut exploring Mars or a deep sea researcher mapping the ocean floor may encounter. At the end of the course, students will design and complete a master simulation challenge to present to the Juni community. “Robots are the present and future, and right now, students aren’t given enough opportunities in school to explore their power and world changing potential. We’re launching ‘Exploring Uncharted Territories’ to help students deepen their understanding of robotics and to inspire wonder about what they might be capable of in the future. We’re excited to have industry-leading partners unveil this course with us and invite students to embark on this exciting, exploratory journey into robotics right from their homes.” Vivian Shen, CEO and cofounder of Juni “We’re thrilled to collaborate with Juni on this exciting new robotics course,” said Jasen Wang, Founder and CEO at Makeblock. “Our expertise in STEM education toys and excitement for robotics, paired with Juni’s unique approach and commitment to developing future-looking courses that prepare students for tomorrow make this partnership a seamless fit. We believe hands-on learning is the key to inspiring a passion for robotics in young learners and are honored to bring ‘Exploring Uncharted Territories’ to life with Juni.” Juni offers online courses with a focus on STEAM, financial literacy, robotics/AI and more. Through flexible learning models including private, group and self-led courses, students learn real-world skills and solve real-world problems. Juni promotes learning that makes a mark on the world and provides students with the opportunity to make change. For more information about Juni, the ‘Intro to Robotics: Exploring Uncharted Territories’ course, or to explore Juni’s offerings for your child. About Juni Learning Juni Learning makes a real mark on the world. Founded in July 2017 by Vivian Shen, Juni Learning is an online learning experience where kids 7-18 years old can learn real-world skills and solve real-world problems. Juni’s 10,000+ students focus on critical STEAM topics, like coding, investing, math, and more. With an extensive curriculum and various course formats, Juni Learning prepares students for the future and inspires the leaders of tomorrow. No matter who they are or how they learn, every student at Juni gets a chance to make their own mark on the world. About Makeblock Makeblock is a leading STEM toy company with a mission to empower kids to prepare for the digital age and learn STEM through play. Makeblock’s mBot Neo has been recognized by STEM.org as one of the best STEM educational toys for kids. This kit allows kids to learn the fundamentals of robotics while using Scratch or Python coding. Equipped with latest technology, mBot Neo can expand the scope of activities with more than 60 different modules and connect in series up to 10 various sensors, motors, LEDs, or other components at a time. mBot Neo uses a long-lasting built-in battery and aluminum alloy metal materials. Makeblock’s robots have received recognition from the Edison Awards, International Design Excellence Awards and more. About NASA The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is America’s civil space program and the global leader in space exploration. NASA is responsible for science and technology related to air and space. About The Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration The Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration (GFOE) focuses on the deep sea, to help better understand, interpret, and protect the global ocean environment. GFOE empowers the underwater science community with tools and expertise to explore the greatest depths of the planet's largest and deepest bodies of water.

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PowerSchool | February 02, 2022

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