Education Tech

Will VR change education for the better?

With a total estimated revenue of $700 million in VR for education by 2025, you’d think that the answer to the question above would be unanimous. Virtual reality is predicted to create a substantial paradigm shift in education, but truth be told, there is currently little evidence of its educational value. Like with all new …

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VR in higher ed isn’t hype. It’s here to help.

A recent article in Forbes stated that the growing trend of VR in higher ed was more hype than help and suggested that VR won’t have the impact that it’s forecasted to have. But they got it all wrong. There’s a problem in education and current solutions aren’t solving it. Dropout rates are daunting. Particularly …

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The state of immersive technology in education

Last week I had the opportunity to attend two events dedicated to immersive technology in education: xR in EDU, sponsored by the EdTechTimes, and SRI and the California State University System’s Immersive Learning Summit.  As someone who has a vested interest in seeing the acceleration of the adoption of technology-supported pedagogical innovation, it was encouraging …

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TECH BBQ 2017: Bugs in chocolate, physical therapy in VR and Labster’s $10m announcement

This week, the Labster team joined Tech BBQ 2017, Denmark’s oldest and largest tech innovation summit. For us, day 2 was particularly exciting as we knew our CEO would be making a huge announcement on the main stage at the end of the day. While we waited for the big news, we took a look …

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Will 2016 Be “The Year” For Virtual Reality?

The world’s tech prognosticators are predicting a huge year for virtual reality in 2016. With an incredible $4 billion dollars of funding in the space since 2010, startups and researchers alike are racing to bring their latest innovations to market this year. With that, there have been an increasing number of announcements from companies that …

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Can technology fix the challenges facing STEM programs?

Many universities are very aware of the challenges their STEM programs face today. Not only are they concerned with attracting students to their STEM programs — they’re worried about the retention problem plaguing universities everywhere. And that problem creates a related one: a lack of STEM graduates to fill open positions. The STEM trap The …

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Why the future of education is in active learning, not passive

In the digital age, knowledge retention and student engagement are constant challenges for teachers. With students seemingly attached to their laptops and cell phones, the approach teachers take can produce a major difference in the learning outcomes for their students. In a passive approach, a professor is expected to master the subject and students come to …

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STEM education has a retention problem, not a student problem

A common concern among employers and universities at the moment is the huge lack of STEM graduates. The current number of graduates just aren’t meeting the demand. In 2012, Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology stated that 1 million additional STEM graduates were needed by 2022 to fill the gap. The Royal Academy …

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The Technology Teachers Wish They Had When They Were Students

Back when today’s teachers were students, learning was explicitly analog, with textbooks, a chalkboard, and occasionally a television program being them main tools of the teaching trade. Now there is a whole suite of new tools available to the tech-minded teacher, giving students more effective ways to learn. We thought we’d reveal the technology that …

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5 trends in edtech for teachers in the know

The current state of education technology investment is booming, and there’s never been a more exciting time to be a part of the edtech space. But what does all this exciting new investment in edtech mean for teachers? We took some time to sort through all of the action and show you the five biggest …

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7 amazing education tools for STEM teachers

Teachers rarely have a moment to themselves, let alone time to browse the latest and greatest education tools on the market. So the Labster team scoured the web for the best new education tools for teachers, hopefully saving you some time and frustration. Our list includes some established players and rising stars, so check them …

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4 Mindboggling Predictions About Education Technology

With another school year fast approaching, we decided to take a look at the future of education technology. From where we stand, it’s a future that looks bright, but still requires a lot of work in the years ahead. Here are our four boldest predictions for the future of education.   1.  Adaptive Learning Will …

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A Teacher’s Introduction To The Flipped Classroom

Clintondale High School, which is just outside of Detroit, became one of the first schools to completely “flip” their classrooms back in 2010. Greg Green, the principal of Clintondale, was one of the early pioneers of flipping the classroom in the US, and the results he achieved have led schools across the country to adopt …

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Say Goodbye to Analog, the Future Is Digital Education

Like records, cassette tapes, and CDs, textbooks are slowly but surely becoming a relic of the past, and for good reason. Today we can fit every textbook student will need throughout their education on an iPad, Kindle, or laptop. In fact, digital education has already reached some of the poorest areas of the world. In …

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What the future of STEM education could look like

We often hear doom and gloom about the lack of student interest in STEM education. While the numbers are disconcerting, there are reasons for optimism. In this article, we’ll give you a glimpse at what could be in store for the future of STEM education and reveal the seeds of game-changing innovation that is already happening. …

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Labster at Digital Assembly 2015 & EdTech Europe 2015

Labster Product Manager, Jan Stahlberg was on hand at Digital Assembly 2015 in Riga, Latvia this week giving a demo of our latest Gear VR labs, which utilize the latest virtual reality technology to create fully immersive lab experiences for students. Digital Assembly 2015 featured inspirational speeches by successful entrepreneurs and public authorities, networking opportunities …

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3 Ways to Make STEM Education More Engaging

With Millennials still experiencing unemployment levels as high as 15 percent, it is perplexing that more young people aren’t pursuing majors in STEM subjects, with projections saying there will be over 2.4 million STEM job openings in five years. According to a survey of more than a million American high school students, almost 90 percent said they …

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How VR will change education forever

When Oculus was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion, the endless possibilities of virtual reality that had been bandied about for decades were finally validated by one of the world’s biggest tech giants. Much of the conversation surrounding the acquisition was dominated by talk about the future of video games, but one of the quieter topics — …

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Sanoma Startup Challenge 2014

The privilege and excitement of winning the Elance Big Idea Startup Competition on February 7th 2014 had hardly sunk in before Labster was once again into the final stages of yet another big European startup competition. Back in February Labster was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner between 40 carefully selected semifinalist companies from New …

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Copenhagen’s DIY Bio Community: An Ethical Debate

At Labster we believe that everyone should be able to learn and do biology. It’s especially exciting when people bring their passion for biology outside the classroom/lab. In addition to our field of virtual labs, this takes many forms, like Do-It-Yourself Biology, a movement that encourages biologists and explorers to do science without boundaries. In …

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The big picture: science e-learning and virtual laboratories

Welcome to the Labster blog! The team at Labster is all about communicating science, so this blog should hopefully do just that. Our virtual laboratories aren’t just the platform and equipment. What holds everything together is the story of science behind the cases. This blog will serve the same purpose – to wrap what we …

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