Educational Technology

Penn State Athletics and EON Sports VR Launch Virtual Reality Channel

Educational Technology News Blog - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 00:30

By Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology

With LionVision VR, as the channel is called, fans will be able to access access “behind-the-scenes views of practice, pre- and post-game locker room coaches’ talks and a wide array of iconic Penn State experiences, while immersed inside a customized virtual reality environment,” according to a news release. The channel is compatible with iOS (iPhone 6 or higher) and Android (Samsung S5 or equivalent) smartphone devices. “LionVision VR will allow Nittany Lion fans spread across the world to see, hear and feel what it’s like to be part of practice and game day in ways that were never previously possible,” said Michael Cross, assistant athletic director for new business development, in a statement. “This is the next best thing to being in State College. If you love Penn State, you can look forward to having regular experiences with LionVision VR.”

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Homeschooling: DIY learning works

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/04/2016 - 00:39

by Jocelyn R. Uy,

In the Mendoza household, learning knows no age and boundaries. When he was nine, 10-year-old Edan started exploring basic botany his way: he grew and cared for small carnivorous plants that he was curious about. Around the same time, his now 13-year-old brother, Elijah, signed up for a free online course on coding that taught him how to program, build and design websites and applications. He also built a stock portfolio and joined his dad in giving financial seminars. The brothers, as well as their three other siblings—aged eight, six and three—are homeschoolers.

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St. John’s E-Learning Academy offers another option to continue school

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/04/2016 - 00:36

By Anita Hymel,

School has started, and St. John the Baptist school district plans to help everyone with desire and determination to work to further their education. The district is seeking students between the ages of 16 and 21 who are no longer enrolled in school in the parish for a new e-Learning Academy. This includes students who have dropped out of the system or who have chosen to be homeschooled. There is no cost to enroll in the academy. It’s never too late for school, and this district is making it simple for all to succeed.

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StudySoup raises $1.7M to help students buy and sell class notes

Educational Technology News Blog - Sun, 09/04/2016 - 00:30

by Lucia Maffei, Tech Crunch

San Francisco-based education startup StudySoup, which calls itself “a peer-to-peer learning marketplace,” announced it has raised $1.7 million in seed funding. The company works as an online study group where students can sell or purchase class notes and study guides. “We realized that a lot of students come to college on very different levels,” Sieva Kozinsky, 26, co-founder and CEO, said in a phone interview with TechCrunch. “They’re all expected to hit the ground running and to get on the same page, and unfortunately it leads to a lot of failures, because people are totally unprepared and there isn’t the right support there.”

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