EP 151: Making Curriculums Relevant with NEPRIS

“Why am I learning this? When will I ever need to know this information in the real world?” Teachers, please pause for a moment while these all too familiar phrases wash over you for the millionth time. Whether your speciality is science, math, or history, you’ve undoubtedly heard these questions time and again. While some students might throw these rhetorical questions out as a last ditch effort to avoid a particularly unappealing topic of study, many students ask this question in earnest. And why shouldn’t they? We all have a right to know why we are forced to absorb a particular set of facts. Moreover, understanding the relevance of certain facts to future endeavors and pursuits substantially enhances the learning process. No company understands this truism better than NEPRIS.

To bridge the gap between practical application and theoretical concepts, NEPRIS has designed a connection platform to link classrooms with professionals across the globe. The impetus to build this network is the realization that inspiration comes primarily through exposure. According to a STEM Perceptions study by Microsoft, “57% of boys and 68% of girls who chose a high tech career say they were inspired by one person, or one event, or one class during the middle or high school years.” This means that answering the “why” and connecting young minds with tried and true professionals is essential for the health and prosperity of our science and math based industries.

NEPRIS makes it easier than ever for teachers to connect with high level professionals across all industries. Once a user signs up with the service, they are able to post requests for professionals with particular skill sets. Leveraging a partnership with LinkedIn, NEPRIS then sends out a beacon to all professionals who might be able to help collaborate on a particular lesson plan. Once the date is set for the joint lesson, the professional is brought into the classroom virtually to discuss the real life applications of a particular concept. Architects may be brought in to discuss proportions and scale factor, roller coaster engineers invited to discuss linear equations, and financial analysts to speak about percentages and compound interest. Whatever the subject matter being covered, NEPRIS empowers teachers to make lessons relevant and palpable, providing students with satisfactory answers as to why they must know a particular subject.

To learn more about this amazing edtech company, go to http://www.nepris.com/. To hear the full scoop on NEPRIS, make sure to listen to the full interview with Sabari Raja.


EP 150: Technology and Education Intertwined Effectively with NUITEQ

Let’s be real: school can be boring. Long hours in a classroom bombarded by lectures and textbooks can often cause students to lose their excitement for learning. But founder and CEO of NUITEQ, Harry van der Veen, aims to change the perception of school and learning as a boring, mundane task by introducing interactive technology as a primary component of early education.

NUITEQ’s Director of Strategy, Dr. Edward Tse, spoke with us about their Snowflake MultiTeach technology that has been used in 70 countries to make technology an essential aspect of the learning environment.

NUITEQ was founded in 2006 to refine the concept of human-computer interaction. This quest included the complex idea of engaging several users on a singular display — a multi-user, MultiTeach display that now makes up the foundation of NUITEQ’s Human User Interfaces. This interface encourages teachers and students to cultivate a classroom learning environment where technology is a tool instead of a distraction.

NUITEQ and their Snowflake product use several features to keep students engaged. Among these are project-based learning, concept mapping, and student-based inquiry. Students are given problems that require critical thinking skills and technological literacy. Students and teachers can also curate their own content as well as collaborate on problems and activities with the help of the MultiTeach system. This involves a screen being divided into several zones, each of which focus on a different activity.

Students using NUITEQ’s products are given the chance to learn how to use screens and computers in a way that fosters education. Rather than shy away from new technology, as many schools and teachers do, NUITEQ advises educators to embrace their system, which encourages direct interaction between students and what’s on their screens. The MultiTeach technology allows for deeper and more immersive learning, encouraging students to bring technology from the classroom into the rest of their lives.

To learn more about NUITEQ, visit https://www.nuiteq.com/. To check out Dr. Tse’s YouTube channel, Ed on Edtech, visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4FY5hGOl7pBRqJ_TWDvhVA. To listen to the entire interview with Dr. Edward Tse, check out the full podcast here.