Electronics manufacturer Lenovo at the Future of Education Technology Conference Miami last week unveiled new classroom technology, including a revamped version of its virtual reality device for education.
In a press release, Lenovo calls the VR Classroom 2 a smarter solution that further integrates virtual reality lessons into the curriculum.
The device includes fully integrated hardware, content, training and support for middle-and-high-schools. It comes with a new headset and content management system as well as “diverse curriculum-mapped experiences” including STEM, virtual tours and career exploration.
The device is powered by the ThinkRealtiy platform, which makes it easy for the IT staff to distribute the headsets, Lenovo said.
The company offers online and onsite training as well as all-in-one support. Additional hardware, accessories and professional development is also available, Lenovo said.
“Preparing young people for the careers of tomorrow requires smarter technology and a reliable partner to support deployment. Teachers value the unbounded possibilities VR experiences bring to students when it is to easy-to-use and fully supported,” said Rich Henderson, director of global education solutions at Lenovo.
“Whether it’s taking a virtual field trip inside DNA strands to teach a unit on genetic engineering, or a guided tour of the Colosseum in Ancient Rome in history class – Lenovo’s VR Classroom 2 offers a seamless journey for educators and students.”
The VR Classroom 2 will be made available starting this spring.
Tablets and laptops
In the same announcement, Lenovo also unveiled its 10e Chromebook Tablet made with durable materials and a detachable keyboard case.
The company touted its durability, versatility and portability as well as eight years of automatic updates, a world-facing camera, Universal Stylus Input support and other creativity tools and learning apps.
Lenovo also introduced the ThinkPad 11e Yoga, which it calls an “all-day learning machine” that can work for any grade level or teaching style.
Like its predecessors, the ThinkPad 11e Yoga is durable. It allows students to use a No. 2 pencil to interact directly with the screen.
The company said it is also refreshing the second generation of previous Chromebooks and PCs with the latest processors.