Washington, D.C. – The newest episode of Immersive Insights: XR in the Classroom, Navigating Logistical Demands is now available for listening on all major streaming platforms. XRA’s Senior VP of Research and Best Practices, Stephanie Montgomery, is joined by Taz Abbas, Senior Manager of Distribution and Channel Partnerships at HTC Vive, and Jonathan Teske, CEO and Co-Founder of ReframeXR. On this episode, they discuss how XR technology is making a significant impact on learning in schools and how immersive technology can enhance the education industry by reducing barriers and improving techniques for teaching complex material.
“New technologies can enhance the education industry by reducing barriers and improving techniques for learning complex material. Funding, IT support, and educator training are some of the issues that need to be addressed to realize its deployment of XR solutions in the classroom,” said Stephanie Montgomery.
During the conversation, Abbas discussed the impact XR technologies have on the advancements in the classroom, as well as the value of putting teachers and students in headsets for the first time.
“I think there’s been quite a bit of a landscape shift in the last twelve months. We have more types of hardware available in the XR space now than twelve months ago, mostly virtual reality,” said Abbas. “We have more mixed reality devices available now from different vendors as well. But I think for us at least, what we’re seeing as an ‘Ah ha!’ moment [for recognizing the impact of VR] really comes down to an educator or student putting the headset on.”
The podcast explored many logistical hurdles. In addition to budget considerations, Teske discussed the implementation of XR technology in the classroom.
“There is definitely a threshold in which schools can spend on hardware and devices, let alone software, and as an industry, we have to kind of hit that price point [to reach] a certain level of adoption. I think that’s something we’re still figuring out,” said Teske.
Listeners can tune into Immersive Insights on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and TuneIn to learn about how immersive technology can transform traditional learning and its ability to better engage students in the classroom.