PlayZoom Tech Gadgets for Kids will be launching just in time for Black Friday.

prnewswire | October 16, 2020

PlayZoom Tech Gadgets for Kids will be launching just in time for Black Friday.
PlayZoom will be launching a state-of-the-art line of Kids Tech Gadgets in mid-November of 2020, just in time for Black Friday. This latest release will include a smartwatch & headphone bundle, digital camera, waterproof action camera, and walkie talkies, bridging the gap between wearable tech and educational learning. PlayZoom's new Tech Gadgets bring S.T.E.M. learning and play together seamlessly. Each product is oriented around a particular skill, equipping kids with essential tools to grow and learn through play. Interactive audiobooks, coding games, photo-editing software and dozens of learning games help PlayZoom's Tech Gadgets empower design thinking early in childhood. Learning with popular characters kids love -- including L.O.L. Surprise!, Hello Kitty, Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman -- helps foster a positive affinity towards learning early in childhood, when attitudes toward learning first blossom.

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VR has been rated by the L&D Global Sentiment Survey as the fourth-hottest workplace trend for 2017. But the inevitable question now arising is: ‘Is virtual reality for learning just hype?’. VR offers big opportunities for learning, but currently there are few evaluative studies on the usefulness of VR as a learning tool1 . This exploratory pilot study aims to uncover the relative effectiveness of VR for workplace learning by comparing it against two other popular digital learning media types: an online PDF, and a gamified elearning interaction.

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VR has been rated by the L&D Global Sentiment Survey as the fourth-hottest workplace trend for 2017. But the inevitable question now arising is: ‘Is virtual reality for learning just hype?’. VR offers big opportunities for learning, but currently there are few evaluative studies on the usefulness of VR as a learning tool1 . This exploratory pilot study aims to uncover the relative effectiveness of VR for workplace learning by comparing it against two other popular digital learning media types: an online PDF, and a gamified elearning interaction.

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