Last week, Prisms of Reality, an immersive eLearning platform, announced that it is deploying its innovative virtual reality (VR) solution across Oklahoma state school districts.
Our first district in OK starts their journey with @PrismsOfReality today! Thrilled to see students & teachers break through the 4 walls of the #math classroom—walls that have limited human expression in academic settings for too long. Kudos to the first of many partners in OK! pic.twitter.com/Nbn9uT1VC5
— Anurupa Ganguly (@aganguly26) March 10, 2022
The San Francisco, California-based firm is redefining science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning for the modern classroom with an assistive VR teaching tool that aids students learning algebra, using intuitive visualizations displayed within an immersive VR environment.
Anurupa Ganguly, Founder and CEO of Prisms Of Reality, spoke to XR Today about the recent deployment.
XR Today: How do you feel about Prisms of Reality becoming adopted by Oklahoma district teachers and students?
Anurupa Ganguly: We are overjoyed to be part of the innovative work happening in Oklahoma school districts!
Since our founding, it has been important that people do not see our product as a purely coastal or high tax state solution. That’s not what we’re about. [At Prisms]our goal is to make math exciting and accessible to all students, and we are honored to be in districts in the Sooner State.
XR Today: What did the challenges you face onboarding staff and students, and what feedback did your team receive?
Anurupa Ganguly: It was definitely challenging deploying new hardware remotely and making sure teachers, students, and technology teams were comfortable with the equipment, although, at the same time, we were figuring everything out ourselves.
With six full months in schools under our belts, though, we’ve worked things out to a science and our school implementations run much more smoothly.
From the start, we’ve emphasized this whole year as a “co-design” year, and our pilot district partners have taken their roles in that seriously. We’ve received tons of feedback on our implementation processes and our product itself, and we’ve responded to these ideas as quickly as possible.
XR Today: Does Prisms of Reality plan to introduce its immersive teaching tools to other US states or even abroad?
Anurupa: Yes! We are already in 47 school districts across 13 states, and we did a pilot with Paradis International College in Romania, too. While our primary focus remains the US market at this junction, we look forward to opportunities to grow our footprint beyond our borders and serve students from around the world.