McGraw Hill and Verizon announced a new mobile app to bring augmented reality (AR) learning activities to K-12 students and classrooms across the country: McGraw Hill AR. The free app leverages the immersive and interactive features of AR technology to bring academic concepts to life and give students and educators new ways to engage with educational content.

“As we look to combine the value of hands-on learning with the benefits of emerging technologies, we found AR to be a natural area of exploration in the development of our suite of education tools,” said Shawn Smith, chief innovation officer for McGraw Hill’s School group. “Following the disruptions to classroom learning over the past few years, our AR app will pioneer new ways of engaging students with important concepts and materials.”

The McGraw Hill AR app is available with lesson plans for educators through Verizon’s online education portal and provides free access to immersive extended reality (XR) educational experiences for K-12 students. The activities offered through the app supplement any core curriculum by stimulating engagement and improving learning retention through interaction, exploration, and multi-sensory experiences using tablets and smartphones. The easy-to-use AR app will help to foster increased adoption of the technology in the classroom.

"Seeing how educators are rethinking how they teach, how students learn, and how to reinvent using emerging technologies, now more than ever it is imperative that they have access to next-gen learning tools and the powerful learning opportunities they unlock," said Alex Servello, director of corporate social responsibility at Verizon.

Verizon is celebrating ten years of driving equity within education for some of the most vulnerable populations across the country. The McGraw Hill AR app is available for download free of charge on any Apple or Android tablet or smartphone.
 
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