Written by Alyssa Walker

It's not just online programs that have changed the landscape of higher education. In the near future, augmented reality glasses with 5G capability will transform the way experience all education. Two groups are setting out to use technology to improve middle school education.

Verizon and NYC Media Lab recently partnered for the Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge, a contest, with a total of $1 million in prize money, for 5G-based education solutions that use mixed reality and machine learning.

According to VentureBeat, Verizon invited education technology nonprofits, research, groups, and universities to submit tech-based solutions for under-resourced middle schools. 

Submissions need to combat the challenges of unengaged students, STEM educator expertise, support for special needs with the next-generation 5G wireless combination of augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technology. 

Rose Kirk, Verizon chief corporate responsibility officer, said, "When we think about the youth in this country and what is needed to prepare students to be competitive in an increasingly tech-dependent world, we need to change the educational opportunities and the trajectory of the lives of a lot of students. 5G will open doors in the classroom we can’t even imagine yet, which will ultimately give students the power to be more successful, more engaged, and give them access to higher education and new career paths.”

Submission opend on October 15 at 5GEdTechChallenge.com. The ten "most compelling projects" will receive $100,000 each and access to Verizon's 5G technology.

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
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