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$680,000 Is On The Table

by Laura Devaney

eSchool News

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$680K challenge targets virtual, augmented reality

The U.S. Department of Education’s EdSim Challenge calls upon the virtual reality, video game developer, and educational technology communities to submit concepts for immersive simulations that will prepare students for the globally competitive workforce of the 21st century.

Our take

Could You Earn a Piece of the $680K Pie?

You may not be a game or app developer, but there may be some in your district–or community–that you could partner with to throw your hat in the ring for a share of $680,000. What sort of educational experiences can best prepare your students for the future workplace?
The emergence of artificial and virtual reality (AR and VR) applications is creating new opportunities for innovation in education.

Thinking, though, needs to go beyond the basics (e.g. virtual field trips) to consider new and more innovative ways of using this technology to bring greater learning opportunities to students at all levels. Forming collaborations to explore opportunities to use technology to increase workforce readiness can lead to new insights and, potentially, some funding to bring those insights to life.