The Future of Immersive Education

BOSTON, MA — Sept. 26, 2014

Over 23 million readers worldwide get a sneak-peek at new Immersive Education Initiative technologies and projects

CBS Interactive’s business technology news service ZDNet today published Oculus Rift in the classroom – Immersive Education’s next level. The article is based on interviews with Immersive Education Initiative Director Aaron E. Walsh and Immersive Education’s K-12 group co-chair Barbara Mikolajczak, and features several new and forthcoming Immersive Education Initiative technologies and projects including Facebook’s Oculus Rift, Microsoft’s Minecraft, Learn to Earn with Minecraft, Google Fiber, Virtual Worlds, Virtual Harlem, and Boston’s Immersive Freedom Trail.

Educators, researchers, business professionals, and students interested in these and other Immersive Education Initiative technologies and projects are encouraged to join corresponding Immersive Education Technology Working Groups (TWGs) and Community Groups (CGs) and corresponding Immersive Education Certification and Professional Development programs.

Reaching over 23 million readers each month, ZDNet is published by CBS Interactive and owned by CNET Networks.

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Immersive Education Initiative, the world's foremost experts in immersion and immersive technology, is a non-profit international collaboration of educational institutions, research institutes, museums, consortia and companies. The Initiative was established in 2005 with the mission to define and develop standards, best practices, technology platforms, training and education programs, and communities of support for virtual worlds, virtual reality, augmented and mixed reality, simulations, game-based learning and training systems, immersive teaching and immersive learning platforms, and fully immersive environments such as caves and domes.

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