FETC 2018 Preview: With Nearpod, The Future Is Now
Nearpod was the first company to bring virtual reality into K-12 classrooms at scale. They make VR affordable to schools at the local and district level and with that, open up a world of never before seen opportunities.
With virtual reality, if you’re a third grade teacher in rural Oklahoma or a fifth grade teacher in New York City, your students can be afforded the exact same opportunities.
Many folks think space, science and techie when they think about virtual reality. With Nearpod you get access to 1000s of pieces of VR content that can run the gamut from farming, to archaeology, marine studies to the Mayan ruins, and everything in between.
Those students in rural Oklahoma can take virtual field trips to Washington DC. The students in New York City can take a field trip to the moon. With virtual reality the possibilities are endless, and Nearpod is looking at all of them.
In a partnership announced today with the University of Colorado’s PhET Interactive Simulations Project, Nearpod is bringing literally, millions of science simulations to the grades 6-12 classrooms.
The PhET project was founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman to provide free, interactive science simulations for teachers and students. Based on extensive educational research to ensure educational value and effectiveness, PhET’s intuitive, game-like simulations encourage learning through exploration and discovery to bolster classroom engagement and conceptual understanding. The simulations allow students to engage in physics, chemistry, earth science, biology and math concepts.
“We are excited to see our research-based simulations integrated into Nearpod’s platform and contribute to their growing interactive capabilities,” Kathy Perkins, Director of PhET, stated. “We’ve already seen many teachers enthusiastic about surrounding our simulations with prompts, assessments, and other resources within Nearpod, to create a full learning experience with simulations.”
Nearpod is used in 1 in 10 classrooms in the US and now includes lessons leveraging PhET simulations that:
Foster Inquiry – Interactive simulations allow for students to actively explore STEM concepts to both ask and answer their own questions, providing meaningful learning experiences to complement labs or when lab equipment is not available.
Provide Complete Lessons and Labs – Interactive simulations allow students to get hands-on and interact deeply with content.
Explore Abstract Topics – Simulations are one of the best tools to help teachers provide exposure to complicated topics that are otherwise difficult to connect to the real world.
“We are always looking for ways to provide districts with the tools to equip students with 21st century, research-based skills and interactive content,” said Guido Kovalskys, CEO and cofounder of Nearpod. “Incorporating PhET’s simulations provides more students with access to labs that help them explore and improves their comprehension in science classes.”
The content alone is priceless but the value proposition for school’s using Nearpod is amazing. Through the use of virtual reality and Nearpod science teachers now have a wide open budget to show and teach kids experiments that in an actual physical lab environment would have been cost prohibitive.
After the holidays get a first hand look at the latest science content to come to Nearpod through this partnership with PhET simulations at FETC 2018 in Orlando Florida, January 23-28th, booth #1217 and find more info online at nearpod.com
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