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Education Reimagined: Spatial Learning Opportunities Brought Off Device Screens and Into the Real World

| Alexander Haber

As technological advancement propels forward, limited only by the imagination of those innovating for it, so too do the educational opportunities of those individuals. Learn how spatial computing is creating a robust ecosystem of educational and learning opportunities for academic institutions.

Imagine this: you’re an anatomy student whose curriculum has been upgraded from textbooks, chalkboard lectures and plastic cadavers to the use of immersive, three-dimensional human images. You can interact with the models to assess injuries while testing procedural impacts and surgical outcomes, all while integrating “patient” data. Incredible, right? Next, envision you’re an architecture student who wants to extend the design of a new structure beyond blueprints and stale two-dimensional images. Suddenly, you can build interactive, off-screen designs that enable you to view, manipulate and walk around that structure with your classmates before it’s even built. Now, imagine that you’re a computer science or game design student who has the chance to develop these and other powerful spatial computing applications for yourself, for your classmates or for millions of XR users around the world. You’re gaining a competitive advantage by participating in the next generation of programming opportunities - and kick-starting your career.

All of these examples and others are currently available to students at a number of leading colleges and universities with the use of Magic Leap’s spatial computing technology. When using Magic Leap 1, spatial computing takes content off limiting two-dimensional screens and into the real world, creating immersive and interactive experiences. In an educational environment, the technology is being used to transform how students learn, share insights and prepare for careers as next-generation doctors, architects and developers.

At Magic Leap, we are proud that our spatial computing technology is creating a robust ecosystem of educational and learning opportunities with progressive colleges and universities, as they:

  • Embed the technology into their curriculum to improve teaching and learning methods in a variety of disciplines, including medicine, astronomy, and architecture, to name a few
  • Create new programming courses and apps to empower the next generation of technology, graphic design, sound, artist, gaming and application developer
  • Develop out-of-classroom app development to drive student experiences, enlightenment and engagement
  • Integrate spatial computing into journalism and similar courses to help usher in a new era of storytelling

Magic Leap has already cultivated a vibrant set of education customers that are using its technology in a variety of ways to enhance teaching and learning. For example...

  • Carnegie Mellon: The university has been integrating advanced technologies for its “Building Virtual Worlds” graduate engineering course since 1998 and most recently, has incorporated Magic Leap into the equation. Students have developed a variety of Magic Leap experiences, including spatial storytelling, puzzles, games and virtual surgery
  • University of Southern California: The university uses Magic Leap across a variety of areas to foster deeper student learning and engagement. Journalism students, for example, have developed 360 degree storytelling opportunities, including a three-dimensional exploration of life in a homeless community. Our CEO Rony Abovitz has conducted fireside chats with faculty and students who have developed a variety of other projects in the areas of gaming, medicine, cyber security, climate change, location-based entertainment and simulators, to name a few. Also, at USC Games the Immersive Environments course has integrated the ML1 to produce a series of projects, attracting students from cinema to and engineering
  • Full Sail University: The university has been teaching students to build applications on Magic Leap as part of its Simulation & Visualization Bachelor of Science Degree Program and will soon incorporate Magic Leap’s spatial computing platform into computer science, mobile and gaming studies. More than 20 Full Sail graduates are now employed with us at Magic Leap
  • Broward College: The College has been embracing spatial computing for its students in several ways. Broward College has integrated Magic Leap in its IT curriculum, thereby giving students a future career advantage with the opportunity to develop on the next-generation technology platform. Faculty in other departments, including anatomy, architecture, health sciences and aviation will be incorporating Magic Leap experiences into their curriculum to provide improved education opportunities. The College will also set up an “Ideas Lab,” which will be a hangout space on its Central campus in Davie where students and faculty can use Magic Leap for gaming, technology development, project development, etc. Broward College recently hosted a Hackathon at which IT students participated in a spatial computing coding competition

In addition to these colleges and universities, Magic Leap is working with Nova Southeastern University, Lynn University, Grambling State University, Columbia College Chicago, Florida Atlantic University, and The University of Miami, among others, as they begin rolling out Magic Leap’s spatial computing technology to students across campus in a variety of departments.

Many museums are also creating spatial computing experiences using Magic Leap, including the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art and the Digitization Program Office recently created an experience that allows people to study the incredibly complex illustrations of Buddhist stories on the ancient sculpture “Cosmic Buddha” in unprecedented detail.

The Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is using Magic Leap to inspire, motivate, and engage its visitors’ creativity. The organization has created several spatial computing experiences, including Magic Leap Experimentation Stations, which are designed to enhance visitors’ creativity; Magic Leap 101, which is a guided spatial computing experience to teach visitors how to use a Magic Leap 1 device, launch apps and explore the benefits of spatial computing; Making with Magic Leap, where participants build and design a personal spatial computing world; and Musical Magic Leap, allowing visitors to create musical experiences with directional and surround sound, adding customized sound effects and singing.

As technological advancement propels forward, limited only by the imagination of those innovating for it, so too do the educational opportunities of those individuals. We at Magic Leap are grateful for the colleges, universities, museums and other organizations that are fostering spatial learning in a more significant, energized fashion; and empowering our industry’s developers, who are creating experiences that will improve the way people work, are entertained and interact with the world.

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