Purchase of UK-Based Leader in Virtual and Augmented Reality Content Highlights Discovery Education’s Commitment to Providing Students Worldwide Immersive Learning Experiences
Silver Spring, MD. (August 7, 2019) —Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced the acquisition of leading virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) provider Inspyro. Terms were not disclosed.
Discovery Education’s acquisition of the UK-based Inspyro is a critical component of the company’s global content and product strategy. VR and AR content empowers educators to create immersive learning experiences such as virtual science labs and virtual field trips either back through history or to places students cannot easily or safely visit. While VR and AR content is currently available across Discovery Education’s digital services, the purchase of Inspyro provides the company an in-house ability to quickly design, build, and integrate new VR and AR content into its award-winning Math, Science, and Social Studies Techbooks, the new Discovery Education Experience, and other digital solutions.
“For almost 20 years, Discovery Education has provided the educators it serves the innovative digital resources and best-in-class professional learning they need to create engaging learning experiences for all students,” said Discovery Education Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy Philip Nanney. “The purchase of Inspyro and the addition of their talented staff to the Discovery Education team expands our capacity to develop and quickly deploy VR and AR content educators can use to create captivating lessons that ignite students’ natural curiosity.”
Winners of multiple prestigious Bett Awards, Inspyro is highly regarded, experienced VR and AR developer. The creators of curriculum-aligned learning modules supporting science, history, and geography instruction across the UK, Insypro is a full-service company whose assets can be scaled across multiple platforms and are compatible with various VR headsets and displays.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to bring our technology and approach to the most trusted and respected brand in education,” said Phil Birchinall, Managing Director at Inspyro. “Discovery Education shares our commitment to bringing teachers and learners the immersive technology they need to create modern learning environments, and we look forward working together on that joint mission.”
“VR and AR content has the ability to help create truly transformative learning experiences for all students,” said Hall Davidson, Discovery Education Senior Director of Global Learning Initiatives. “The addition of Insypro’s high-quality educational assets to Discovery Education’s services, which are currently used by over 5 million educators and 51 million students around the globe, will accelerate the use of this valuable content and help create unforgettable classroom experiences that will drive deeper student engagement and ultimately improved academic achievement.”
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About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at www.DiscoveryEducation.com.
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