Using Augemented Reality for Distance Learning

When it comes to finding the perfect school or university, the pandemic has made it more challenging for prospective students and families to tour any campus. Despite the initial obstacles, Avenues: The World School does not view the lack of physical presence as a showstopper. The best way to get to know someone is by paying them a visit and Avenues’ latest AR experience allows prospective students to know the culture of a school. 

Glimpse subsidiary Early Adopter was the technology partner that built this shared AR experience for the forward thinking, private school. AR provides engaging interactions for a seamless educational experience. 

Developed by Glimpse Group subsidiary Early Adopter, Avenues used AR to host a real-time meet and greet experience between prospective students and Avenues’ staff members at the school’s New York City campus. By using the AR app, prospective students and parents could get acquainted with Avenues by viewing AR artifacts such as previous student projects, witnessing club presentations. Aside from viewing 3D content, the Avenues AR experience included a social component where attendees could ask questions to real teachers and students in real time. Even if all attendees were physically apart, this advanced AR communication tool enabled people to feel as if they were in the same place. 

Throughout the fall of 2020, Avenues used the AR app designed by Early Adopter to meet its next fleet of bright prospective students. This means of virtual interaction is a glimpse into what Early Adopter and Avenues have in store for students this upcoming academic year. 


Early Adopter is definitely having a dejavu moment. The company originally built websites and has shifted to develop AR/VR edtech products. Much like the “www.” boom during the dot com bubble nearly two decades ago, COVID-19’s isolating reality is calling on VR/AR technology to help educational institutions digitize the classroom experience in a whole new way.

The need to feel together in the absence of physical proximity has opened up innovative doors for the future of education. Schools are turning to companies like Early Adopter to solve the issue of engagement among students. Early Adopter’s CEO Jay Van Buren outlines how developing AR/VR technology in the education space reaches far beyond remote learning, “We are breaking new ground, creating new things. The sky is wide open as far as how we are going to use it. It’s going to change how we do everything.”

To learn more about EdTech in the classroom, contact Jay Van Buren, the General Manager of Glimpse Group subsidiary Early Adopter.


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