We are excited to announce Prisma LIVE, our first product and a whole new way for kids to learn and collaborate in real time from home or anywhere.
Thus far at Prisma we’ve pieced together third-party tools like Zoom and Slack to deliver our vision for a global Connected Learning Network for kids and while it has gone better than expected, we quickly realized that these adult-first corporate tools cannot deliver the kind of engaging, social, kid-first experience that we dream of. So we’ve been heads down building our own product, Prisma LIVE. It is the world’s first comprehensive synchronous learning product built from the ground up for kids.
Prisma LIVE’s kid-first approach provides the following benefits:
An immersive learning experience not a stale video conference call
With Prisma LIVE, we provide the tools to turn a static lesson into an interactive, dynamic experience that alternates seamlessly and naturally between different views, interactive elements and layouts. Synchronous workshops with Prisma LIVE can be full-fledged productions designed around story arcs with a timeline and a script that can be created in advance and edited on the fly.
A fun and creative space where personalities become alive
We don’t expect classrooms to be sterile, boring environments, so why should video conferencing technology be so dry? We’ve designed our product to be fun, customizable and creative. Kids and educators can use skins, customize their avatars, visually express their emotions and decorate their personal spaces. We’ve also focussed on providing ways for casual, spontaneous interactions that Zoom and other video products lack.
A holistic 21st century assessment instead of tests and quizzes
Our product assesses kids in an authentic setting on skills that really matter. We are building technology that spots growth opportunities in areas like teamwork, self-reflection, and critical thinking. This enables our learners to grow holistically instead of focusing on grades.
Giving kids autonomy while providing support at just the right time
We’ve designed our breakout rooms so educators can observe and hear what’s going on without disturbing learners. Educators no longer need to interrupt breakout discussions unnecessarily or cycle through rooms trying to understand what’s going on. With Prisma LIVE, educators can observe and only visibly join a room when their presence is really needed.
Educators can focus on the kids instead of juggling multiple tools
Expecting educators to facilitate a live virtual lesson while also managing content, observing the group, responding to chat, creating breakout groups, and taking attendance is like trying to juggle with one hand tied behind your back. Our product automates as many of the lesson logistics as possible so educators can focus on what matters most: connecting with kids and providing a great learning experience.
Thus far, we have focused on achieving our mission via innovative curriculum, top-notch coaches and a thoughtfully-designed program, and the results have exceeded our own high expectations.
Nevertheless, we realized early on that to truly realize our vision we would need to build a fully integrated solution that tightly couples curriculum, coaching, community and technology. Prisma LIVE, the first product in what will eventually be a comprehensive suite for synchronous and asynchronous learning, is a giant step towards this vision. It is currently in beta and will be rolled out to all Prisma learners in the coming weeks.