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AR technology like Common Room from Early-Adopter remains an essential tool for keeping students connected and engaged

Quick read

➨ Avenues serves more than 3,500 students from ages 2 to 18 in cities such as New York, São Paulo and Shenzhen, as well as via an online campus
➨ The private school system deployed a specially branded version of Early-Adopter’s social augmented reality presentation solution, Common Room, throughout the pandemic to keep students, teachers and parents connected
➨ Avenues will continue using Common Room to proactively share what its students are doing from one campus to another

The story

Avenues: The World School, an international private school system serving young children up to 18 years old, has extended its use of the Early-Adopter social augmented reality presentation solution, signalling that the immersive technology remains a useful tool for in-person learning.

Avenues, which serves more than 3,500 students from ages 2 to 18 in cities such as New York, São Paulo and Shenzhen, as well as via an online campus, deployed a specially branded version of Early-Adopter’s social augmented reality presentation solution, Common Room, throughout the pandemic to keep students, teachers and parents connected.

Experiencing the same content no matter where they are

Early Adopter, an immersive learning subsidiary of diversified virtual and augmented reality specialist The Glimpse Group, developed the Common Room augmented reality solution, which is available as an app, to enable students and teachers to create immersive content through a templated, web-based form.

Created content then appears in augmented reality ‘rooms’ where users can speak with one another via a built-in voice chat feature while experiencing the same content no matter where they are. The rooms can be made public and available to anyone or private and only available to logged in users.

Avenues used Common Room (branded as Avenues AR) through the pandemic for student showcases, and to introduce prospective parents to the project-based cross-disciplinary projects that students around the globe have created.

Watch a video of Common Room in action below.

‘Proactively share what our students are doing’

Commenting on the decision to continue using the social augmented reality presentation solution beyond the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, Brian Butnick, director of global content and development at Avenues, says: “Throughout the pandemic, we relied on Early-Adopter’s social AR technology as a great way to make students, teachers and parents feel like they’re together and connected despite being physically unable to.”

“Even now as in-person learning returns, we are using Early-Adopter’s AR technologies to proactively share what our students are doing from one campus to another.”

Jay Van Buren, general manager at Early-Adopter, adds: “Our Avenues-branded Common Room platform demonstrates how Early-Adopter can help partners like Avenues bring innovation to the classroom and provide students with new ways to connect and learn. We value our relationship with Avenues as we look to continue to make AR and VR increasingly impactful in K-12 schools in the years to come.”

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Images: The Glimpse Group

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