Immersive education is not only being employed as a novel way for students to engage with subjects but also a useful way of introducing more people to the power of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology. To this end, Discovery Education, a UK-based provider of digital curriculum content and professional learning for primary and secondary schools has announced the acquisition of Inspyro, a British VR/AR content creator.
While terms of the acquisition haven’t been divulged, the deal is part of Discovery Education’s global content and product strategy, delivering immersive content to thousands of UK schools. The company now has an in-house ability to quickly design and deliver new VR/AR content, integrating the technology across its wide-ranging product portfolio.
“For almost 20 years, Discovery Education has provided the educators it serves with the innovative digital resources and best-in-class professional learning they need to create engaging learning experiences for all students,” said Discovery Education Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy Philip Nanney in a statement. “The purchase of Inspyro and the addition of their talented staff to the Discovery Education team expands our capacity to develop and quickly deploy VR and AR content which educators can use to create captivating lessons that ignite students’ natural curiosity.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity to bring our technology and approach to the most trusted and respected brand in education,” said Phil Birchinall, Managing Director at Inspyro. “Discovery Education shares our commitment to bringing teachers and learners the immersive technology they need to create modern learning environments, and we look forward working together on that joint mission.”
Inspyro has previously won several prestigious Bett Awards for its VR and AR work, all of which concentrates on education. It’s curriculum-focused learning modules help support science, history, and geography learning, compatible with various VR head-mounted displays (HMDs).
Discovery Education’s services support over 50 million pupils in more than 50 countries around the world, currently available in almost half of US classrooms and 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK. As the company continues to expand and introduce more VR and AR content, VRFocus will let you know.
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Author: Peter Graham