McGraw Hill and Verizon Bring Learning to Life with Free Augmented Reality App

New app and lesson plans address the increased interest in AR technology from both teachers and parents

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NEW YORK, June 27, 2022 /3BL Media/ – McGraw Hill and Verizon today announced a new mobile application to provide augmented reality (AR) learning activities to K-12 students and classrooms across the country: McGraw Hill AR† The free app uses the immersive and interactive features of AR technology to bring academic concepts to life and provide students and educators with new ways to interact with educational content.

“As we seek to combine the value of hands-on learning with the benefits of emerging technologies, we have found AR to be a natural area of ​​inquiry as we develop our suite of educational tools,” said Shawn Smith, Chief Innovation Officer for McGraw. Hill’s School group. “Following the disruptions to classroom learning in recent years, our AR app will find new ways to engage students with key concepts and materials. While AR technology may still be an area of ​​uncertain usability today, we are seeing the possibility of limitless impact tomorrow and are excited to take this step to support the students and educators we serve.”

The McGraw Hill AR app is available with standards-aligned plan lesson for teachers available exclusively through Verizon Innovative Learning HQ – a next-gen online education portal that provides free access to immersive augmented reality (XR) educational experiences for K-12 students. The McGraw Hill AR app joins a wealth of AR and virtual reality (VR) educational materials, custom lesson plans, and professional development in technology integration into the learning environment. The app currently features three activities on algebra readiness and geometry for grades 6-12, with the full set of 10 math-focused activities set to be live in Fall 2022.

“To see educators rethinking how they teach, how students learn and how they can reinvent themselves using emerging technologies, it is now more imperative than ever that they have access to next-gen learning resources and the powerful learning opportunities they unlock” , says Alex. Servello, director of corporate social responsibility at Verizon. “With Verizon Innovative Learning HQ, we have democratized access to next-gen learning, putting technologies like McGraw Hill AR in the hands of educators to deliver and enable more immersive, personalized learning experiences for students.”

Verizon is committed to advancing digital inclusion through its transformative education initiative, Verizon Innovative Learningcelebrating a decade of equality in education for some of the most vulnerable populations across the country

AR app boosts student engagement

The McGraw Hill AR app provides dynamic, standards-aligned, publisher-quality lessons that motivate and engage students while fostering deep conceptual understanding. The activities offered through the app complement any core curriculum by fostering engagement and improving learning retention through interaction, exploration and multi-sensory experiences using tablets and smartphones.

The easy-to-use AR app will contribute to greater adoption of the technology in the classroom. in a recent questionnaire conducted with Hanover Research, more than three-quarters (78%) of educators reported student engagement as the greatest benefit of using AR technology in the classroom. This is especially important after a significant learning loss due to a pandemic. While teacher and student access to AR technology has so far been limited, 74% of teachers who use AR use it frequently – at least once a week.

The McGraw Hill AR app is available to download today for free on any Apple or Android tablet or smartphone via the App Store and Google Playand with associated lesson plans for teachers on Verizon Innovative Learning HQ

About McGraw HillMcGraw Hill is a leading global education company working with millions of educators, students and professionals around the world. We recognize their diverse needs and build trusted content, flexible tools and powerful digital platforms to help them succeed on their own terms. Through our commitment to equality, accessibility and inclusion, we foster a culture of belonging that respects and reflects the diversity of the communities, learners and educators we serve. McGraw Hill has more than 40 offices in North America, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions for PreK-12, higher education, professionals and others available in more than 80 languages. Visit us at or find us on facebookInstagramLinkedIn or Twitter

About VerizonVerizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was founded on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Verizon, headquartered in New York City with a global presence, generated revenue of $133.6 billion in 2021. The company provides data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, meeting customer demands for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.

About Verizon Innovative LearningVerizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s award-winning education initiative, celebrates 10 years of addressing barriers to digital inclusion for students and educators. Since 2012, the initiative has pledged $1 billion in market value to support digital equality and has reached more than 1.5 million students. Verizon Innovative Learning provides free technology, Internet access, and innovative learning programs to students in resource-poor communities, empowering students to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to build an innovative workforce of the future. In 2021, Verizon launched Verizon Innovative Learning HQ, a next-gen online education portal that provides free access to immersive XR educational experiences for all educators, including K-12 educators, nationwide. Verizon Innovative Learning, a major initiative under Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social progress, is helping to achieve the company’s goal of equipping 10 million young people with digital skills by 2030. More information on

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