Lenovo Unveils New Standalone VR Headset for Education

Roadtovr | January 21, 2020

Undeterred by the death of Google Daydeam and the subsequent discontinuation of its consumer-focused standalone headset, Mirage Solo, Lenovo announced its building a new 3DOF standalone for educational purposes. With the so-called ‘Lenovo VR Classroom 2’, the company is offering up a complete package to educators, which includes hardware, content, device management, training, and support—all of it intended for middle and high school students. The company says in its education-focused site that the headset will help teachers and administrators “easily integrate virtual reality lessons and field trips into their curriculum, leading to inspiration and meaningful learning outcomes.”

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Schools face an array of challenges and opportunities, especially considering the diverse needs of students and educators. To meet those opportunities, more administrators are looking for ways to personalize professional development (PD) and support teachers in a lasting, meaningful way. There are four distinct attributes that ensure PD efforts are as successful as possible: the professional learning is personalized, job embedded, both ongoing and sustainable, and tied to evaluations.

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Schools face an array of challenges and opportunities, especially considering the diverse needs of students and educators. To meet those opportunities, more administrators are looking for ways to personalize professional development (PD) and support teachers in a lasting, meaningful way. There are four distinct attributes that ensure PD efforts are as successful as possible: the professional learning is personalized, job embedded, both ongoing and sustainable, and tied to evaluations.

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