Latest education updates from around the world

Apple to Release Immersive Video Content of 2023 MLS Playoffs on Vision Pro

By |February 26, 2024|

Apple announced that its Major League Soccer Season Pass (through Apple TV) will include new immersive video content covering the 2023 playoffs.

Apple TV is the exclusive provider of online Major League Soccer broadcasts via the MLS Season Pass subscription. The company recently announced the kickoff of the 2024 MLS Season. It will include new Apple Immersive Video footage with content from the league’s 2023 playoff series.

“Coming soon,” the company says, “all Apple Vision Pro users can experience the best of the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs with the first-ever sports film captured in Apple Immersive Video. […]

Report: Meta & LG’s Rumored Vision Pro Competitor Set to Launch in Early 2025

By |February 26, 2024|

According to a report from South Korean outlet The Korea Economic Daily (Korean), Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be in-country this week to finalize a deal with LG regarding a previously rumored competitor to Apple Vision Pro, which is reportedly set to be jointly built by the two companies for release in early 2025.

Citing unnamed industry sources, the report maintains Zuckerberg will be in South Korea to meet LG Electronics CEO William Cho on Wednesday, February 28th to discuss plans related to the joint development of XR headsets. Key executives from LG Group’s IT component subsidiaries […]

Meta’s New Demo Shows Players & Devs What Compelling MR Can Look Like

By |February 24, 2024|

Meta now has three mixed reality headsets, but still not a ton of mixed reality content to go with it. To remedy that, the company threw out an open source Unity demo it hopes to showcase some of the most compelling things you can do in MR.

Called Cryptic Cabinet, the escape room demo was designed to highlight the capabilities of the company’s MR Presence Platform on Quest, which Meta says can transform any room into a unique and immersive gameplay experience.

Anyone with a Quest 2/3/Pro can download it now and play the new immersive escape room, which […]

‘Pixel Ripped’ Studio Announces ‘PAWBALL’, a Free-to-Play VR Soccer Game with Cats

By |February 23, 2024|

ARVORE, the studio behind the Pixel Ripped VR game franchise, announced it’s currently developing a VR soccer game called PAWBALL, which aims to get you leaping around and scoring goals like only a feline can.

On the studio’s Discord (invite link), Arvore Community Manager Freddy Pavão reveals the idea initially came from wanting dinosaurs to play soccer, although the team eventually settled on cats, which can move around in interesting and dynamic ways.

“With the change to our feline friends, the main idea for the game (and all the prototypes that came after) got a whole new range of possibilities,” […]

‘Wanderer 2’ Currently in Development, Promising Swashbuckling VR Pirate Adventure

By |February 23, 2024|

Time-traveling VR adventure Wanderer (2022) is getting a remake, called Wanderer: The Fragments of Fate, although you might have missed at the end of the most recent trailer that developers Mighty Eyes just announced there’s a sequel currently in development too.

Not much is known about the newly announced sequel, Wanderer 2: The Seas of Fortune, however the studio promises to bring a brand new collection of adventures centered around ages with swordfights, ship battles, and pirates, bringing us to the time of black flag-flying buccaneers.

On screen is a single shot of a pirate flag, with the subtitle ‘Davis Cove, Jamaica, […]

Friday 5: K-12 coding

By |February 23, 2024|

Key points:

K-12 coding sets students up for success during–and after–school

Teaching coding and design can lead to tech literacy

Starting a K-12 classroom drone program

For more news on K-12 coding, visit eSN’s STEM & STEAM page

K-12 coding can completely change learning for students, engaging reluctant learners and activating parts of the brain used for computational thinking, problem solving, and collaboration.

These durable skills are critical for students during their K-12 years, in college, and in the workforce. Let’s take a look at the latest in K-12 coding education:

What are the benefits of teaching coding?

Learning to code […]

15 Tips, Tricks, & Settings to Get the Most Out of Vision Pro

By |February 23, 2024|

Vision Pro is here and it’s a surprisingly capable device. Apple has also loaded the headset with a ton of options and features that aren’t obvious at first glance. So I’m here with the most essential Vision Pro tips, tricks, & settings to get the most from the device.

Vision Pro Tips & Tricks Contents:

FaceTime with Friends That Don’t Have Apple Devices
Recalibrate Eye-tracking & IPD on Vision Pro
Move All Windows and Apps Into View
Quickly Minimize Apps & Environments
Take a Screenshot or Capture a Video on Vision Pro
Useful Siri […]

Sony Plans PC Compatibility for PSVR 2 Later This Year, Acknowledging a Weak Game Library

By |February 23, 2024|

Today, on the one year anniversary of the release of PSVR 2, Sony announced it’s testing PC VR compatibility for PSVR 2, with plans to release some form of PC support for the headset this year.

In a blog post commemorating the one year anniversary of PSVR 2, Sony highlighted upcoming content soon to launch on the headset. But hidden away in that post was a statement we weren’t expecting:

“Also, we’re pleased to share that we are currently testing the ability for PSVR 2 players to access additional games on PC to offer even more game variety in […]

‘Stranger Things VR’ Review – Artful But Boring Brand Engagement

By |February 23, 2024|

Stranger Things VR is a visually intense retelling of the TV show’s last two seasons from VR pioneers Tender Claws, known for their weird and wild VR experiences Virtual Virtual Reality (2017) and The Under Presents (2019). While Stranger Things VR showcases the studio’s patently deft art direction, the game feels distinctly like an extended brand engagement experience that’s more concerned with prepping us for the show’s upcoming fifth season than treading any new or interesting ground.

Stranger Things VR Details:

Available On: Quest 2/3/Pro
Reviewed On: Quest 3
Release Date: February 22nd, 2024
Price: $30
Developer: Tender Claws

Gameplay

If you’re thinking of playing the VR game and you haven’t seen […]

Launching a districtwide computer science program for all grades

By |February 22, 2024|

Key points:

Keep students at the center of any new computer science initiative

How to integrate a computer science curriculum into K-5 classrooms

4 resources to differentiate computer science instruction

For more news on computer science, visit eSN’s STEM & STEAM page

With 24,000 students, Springfield Public Schools is usually among the three largest school districts in Massachusetts. Our students are spread across 31 elementary schools, two pre-K schools, and seven secondary schools. It’s no exaggeration to say that computational thinking plays a part in all of them. Fortunately, the district earned a grant that allowed us to offer computer […]

‘Racket Club’ Update Brings More Flexibility with New Rules and Fan Favorite Modes

By |February 21, 2024|

The recently released VR racket sport Racket Club (2023) just got its first major update, which brings a host of new rules and modes to the game for a more customized experience on the court.

Resolution Games, which is also known for Demeo (2021), Blaston (2020) and the new Apple Vision Pro app Game Room (2024), released the ‘A New Spin’ update for Racket Club across Quest, Pico and SteamVR, now including:

Unranked Play – Not every competition needs to move you up the ladder; jump into casual games with other players any time
New Point System – Choose from the existing Ultra Rally […]

Prop Hunt-style VR Multiplayer ‘Mannequin’ Now in Open Alpha on Quest

By |February 21, 2024|

Fast Travel Games today launched the open alpha for Mannequin, its upcoming asymmetrical multiplayer VR game on Quest 2/3/Pro.

First revealed in September, Mannequin promises to bring a 2v3 experience akin to a deadly game of cat and mouse, letting two elite Agents hunt three shape-shifting aliens, aka Mannequins.

Somewhat like the ‘Prop Hunt’ mode from Gary’s Mod, the Mannequins have to blend into the scenery of frozen humans, but have the power to ambush Agents by dashing forward and freezing them in place with a single touch. On the flipside, Agents can scan for Mannequins and neutralize with their trusty EMP […]

Mozilla is Shutting Down Development on WebXR Social App ‘Hubs’

By |February 21, 2024|

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, shuttered most of its web-focused XR development back in 2020. At the time, the company’s web-based social VR app Hubs was spared from the chopping block. Now, after a new organization-wide restructuring, all development on Hubs is set to be wound down in May.

Launched in 2018, Hubs is an XR chatroom that runs directly in a browser, giving both VR headset users and standard monitor and smartphone users a place to connect. It’s an impressive ‘no-install-required’ WebXR social app that never gained the sort of traction that better-backed apps garnered over […]

Twee: How To Use It To Teach

By |February 20, 2024|

Learn how Twee can make education better using the power of AI.