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Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo is positioning itself among the early movers within the education sector when it comes to virtual reality (VR) with the launch of the VR Classroom Kit in Canada.

The launch in Canada came with the announcement of the Lenovo Ontario Visionary Teachers Contest, which will see teachers of grades 7 to 12 in Ontario given the opportunity to win a 10-pack VR Classroom Kit for their school.

The Lenovo VR Classroom Kit is the first of its kind to be created specifically for use in the classroom for students in grades 7 to 12. The kit, which come in three, 10 or 24 packs, allows teachers to take students through lesson plans simultaneously and is made to be disinfected after each use.

VR experiences are delivered using Lenovo’s first standalone Mirage Solo, an all-in-one wireless VR headset with Google Daydream, which means no tethered cables, PCs or smartphones, a hand controller for increased interactivity, motion-tracking technology, and 110-degree field view so that students can more freely discover the world around them.

Curriculum-derived educational content are included with the kit. Custom Scholastic STEM lesson plans, VR videos from the Wild Immersion endorsed by Jane Goodall, and access to 1000+ VR field trips through the Google Expeditions app make it easy for teachers to implement.

Teachers are also fully supported to implement the technology through a formal onboarding, ongoing training sessions and access to a fully bilingual helpdesk.

Marc Saltzman, Canadian tech expert and Lenovo partner, commented: “Digital innovation, like that found through VR, unlocks students’ learning potential and enhances education dramatically.”

“Imagine being able to virtually discover animal evolution by exploring the depths of Africa. On-demand lesson plans offer teachers more engaging content and dynamic learning tools for new classroom opportunities.”