March 29,2018 -We were one of the recipients the 2018 STEM Entrepreneurship challenge award organized by the AWIS (Association of Women in Science) NJ Chapter. The event was attended by Learnroll Immerse team members that showcased different STEM categories awards at Princeton Marriot, Forrestal Village. We hope to continue delivering best experiences in AR and VR for STEM learning in K-12 and higher education.
How are the millennials learning? Has there been any change in their learning outcomes? These are some of the challenging questions that any “educator” needs to address. Education & Learning centers (unlike the healthcare system which has a wide variety of specialized centers), comprises of schools/institutions which are still categorized as “private schools”, “public schools” , “charter schools” ,”homeschools” or “afterschool”. We do not see a de-centralized learning process which provides specialized learning nomenclature like “STEM schools” , “LANGUAGE schools” “IMMERSIVE schools” or “ART schools” at K-12 beyond afterschool programs, where a student can go to a “center of excellence” of his/her choice to get that specific learning that best matches his/her learning styles and goals. It is very similar to a healthcare system where a hospital would recommend a X-ray done at a “University Radiology”. This helps in creating an educational ecosystem of schools, learning institutions where each individual school is not trying to be an “expert at everything” but working with other specialized centers, makerspaces, special schools to enable better learning for everyone – formal or informal.
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Several years ago, a college newspaper editorial board wrote an editorial suggesting that the college get rid of “useless” humanities departments, such as foreign languages and history, and funnel more resources to “useful” departments. In response, I wrote the following letter, but I never sent it. At Learnroll Immerse, we believe that education is more than grades and skill development. Grades and job skills are certainly part of the equation, but real learning can be about grades, job skill development, informed citizenship, and living a good life.
Here is my lightly edited letter.
Dear editorial board,
If you believe that the goal of a college education should be to churn out the next generation of mid-level bean counters who had their most profound thought while watching “Hot Tub Time Machine”, then you are absolutely correct, specialization is the answer. Yet I believe that our college wants and expects more of its alumni.
For example, when a physician, tells a patient that he or she has cancer, do we want the doctor to have a foundation in psychology? When a drug company offers the doctor gifts for prescribing a particular drug, do we want the doctor to understand ethics and philosophy? When the patient can’t pay for their chemotherapy, do we want the doctor to understand public policy and politics? When the doctor hires staff and makes decisions about his or her practice, do we want the doctor to understand economics and accounting? I sure hope so!
Do you actually believe that someone can be successful in publishing with only a background in communication and English? Who is going to edit and market the books and articles about science and politics and business? I suggest that you actually talk to some alumni working in publishing before you decide what is valuable. And while you are at it, why don’t you ask anyone working in a global business, a government agency, a branch of the military, or a social service or humanitarian organization about the value of speaking another language?
Last, but not least, is the sole purpose of education for the students and colleges to be “profitable?” Is there no value in explaining a painting to your kid? Is there no value in seeing a show or listening to a concert? Often it is only through the arts that we can grapple with life’s biggest questions. Perhaps if you spent a bit more time broadening your horizons and taking a variety of classes, you’d realize that the boundaries between departments are arbitrary and in constant flux. True knowledge is inherently interdisciplinary.
2017 – A Retrospective.
The first few months of any startup business are always difficult, and the start for Learnroll Immerse was no different. The education industry adopts technology slowly, and we are disrupting education by incorporating the latest technology (some of which are still in beta stages).
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Technology is cool but not all cool technologies may be a necessary fit for your use case. As an Enterprise solution architect in my previous job there are some basic solution mandates that architect use for creating a solution for an enterprise. I found that this also helped me making my choice of technology for a problem area.
Solution Retrofit The technology landscape is huge and changing. There are new technologies created every day that claim to solve many problems – whether it is education, health or retail. Some technologies, frameworks and tools feel like a “trend” and you feel that this may be the right solution ! Many enterprises land in huge technical mess as they make wrong technical choices, which are not fitted to the problem they are trying to solve. Working at a problem and trying to create feasibility or technical/business fitment maps help us determine if that’s a right fit or not. Choosing a technology first and fitting our solution to it is the biggest mistake in the solution process.
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Our classes have started and we are thrilled to have students who have enrolled for one-one mentoring classes where we supplement traditional learning with engaging techniques, where learning science becomes an “experience” with immersive technologies. We study scalars and vectors in Maths and Physics, but do we realize how we use it in our day to day lives? Do you realize that the cool game that you are playing on your mobile is using all these concepts in physics we learn in school? Students understand a lot better with examples .If you have ever seen a show on science on television like “Cosmos”, do you see how every concept is linked to real life scenarios? We would like to experience the concepts “live” but in these day and age we may not be able to do real experiments in a real lab always. The answer to this is Immersive technologies with content that engages and recreates a real lab environment or teleport you to an amazing experience that lets you experience science beyond graphs and worksheetsLEARN WITH US