Founded in 2012, Nearpod has become a mainstay in modern classrooms. The platform allows teachers to create and share interactive digital content across mobile devices and web browsers. It supports all standard forms of digital content (images, video, text, etc.) and offers polling, quizzing, memory games and more advanced features as well. Best of all, the platform itself is free to use. Lesson plans and pro-level content can be purchased on an as-needed basis, usually for just a couple of bucks.
Since adding Google Cardboard-style capability, over 6 million students in 100 countries have experienced “virtual field trips,” allowing them to explore 360 photos and video, providing deeper immersion and more relevant context in the learning process. Here’s a brief overview of the system in action:
Although the company’s primary focus is on K12, savvy presenters have also adopted the tool in public speaking and corporate training applications as well.
About Our Guest
Felipe Sommer is the President and cofounder of Nearpod, where he oversees the company’s daily operations. Previously, he founded Livin’ Interactive, an experiential marketing firm and spent a decade as a financial services and startup consultant at Accenture. Sommer is passionate about a technology entrepreneur’s power to better the world, and this energy drove him to cofound Nearpod in 2012.
He obtained his BA in economics from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Peter Campbell is a 20+ year veteran of the educational technology space. From his early work as the Director of Academic Technology at Montclair State University, to his recent role as Director of Strategy, Immersive Learning Solutions for Pearson, “the world’s leading learning company,” Campbell has dedicated his career to computer-assisted learning modalities. (more…)
Greetings, NSVR listeners! (And readers, or whatever.) This week’s show is based on a couple of presentations I had the opportunity to give in Portland, OR over the past two weeks. In lieu of having a guest on the show for this episode, I thought I’d just combine the two, and throw in some extra visual aids. This is a “101” level overview of VR, AR and 360 technologies that I and many others have found useful. Ready?
You can see and listen to the show in its entirety here in this YouTube video:
It’s not every day you discover one of the world’s foremost leaders of VR-assisted learning right in your own back yard, but that’s exactly what I found with Industrial Training International (ITI), thanks to a recent write-up about the company on RoadtoVR.com.
Based in Woodland, WA, just a stone’s throw from Portland, OR, ITI has been has been in the industrial training business since 1986. They work with companies and organizations of great consequence, from utility providers to the federal government and beyond, and teach engineers and heavy equipment operators how to use the massive machines that make colossal-scale construction and maintenance possible. For decades, they have provided hands-on training using real equipment at their eight training centers around the globe, and are now releasing one of the most impressive VR simulators the industry has ever seen. (more…)
Unimersiv was one of the first, and has become among the most widely used educational VR apps for classroom and personal use. Currently available for both Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift headsets, Unimersiv offers a combination of custom-produced and curated educational experiences covering topics as diverse as space travel, history, archeology and human anatomy, with many new experiences currently in development.
Live from Paris, France, Unimersiv founder, Baptiste Grève, joins us in this episode to discuss the company’s origins, current offerings and future plans. (more…)