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October 18, 2018 

zSpace at Mambrino

Granbury ISD students are getting a completely new learning perspective thanks to the magic of zSpace, a new classroom technology tool that provides three-dimensional views for a variety of subject areas. 

zSpace delivers a stunning interactive experience by integrating the latest AR/VR (augmented reality and virtual reality) technology through three sensory characteristics to create a natural and intuitive product.  These include perception of depth, ability to look around, and kinesthetic realism. 

“Have you ever looked inside a heart, put a mechanical hand together, or looked at butterfly up close?” asked Jan Krause, a second grade teacher at the STEAM Academy at Mambrino, in a social media post for parents. “Go ahead ask you child about it... it’s way too cool!” 

Included with each computer station are a stylus and glasses.  Since the system has tracking built into the display, as students tilt their head to look around an object, zSpace dynamically updates to display the corrective perspective in full, high definition. 

The zSpace systems were made available through the 2013 bond initiative, which included almost $11 million to invest in technology devices for model classrooms as well as network infrastructure. 

Leading the implementation is the GISD technology department, which received the Exemplary School Award for excellence in education from Extreme Networks in January 2017. The honor signifies the district’s commitment to a personalized a 21st Century learning environment.  With the 2013 bond, GISD built a robust infrastructure to support model classrooms and a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative with the ability to grow with increased student needs and educational standards.  Also completed was a fiber optic wide area network to increase bandwidth at all campuses. 

Improvements include new standardized technology for every classroom, including interactive and mobile learning devices; classroom audio so that teachers can be heard clearly while presenting instruction; wireless Internet capability enhancements; and network operation improvements. 

The investment follows the G2020 strategic plan that established the objective to “have the technology infrastructure required to provide 100% of our learners access to the technology tools necessary to compete in an ever-changing world.”  The plan adopted in May 2013 had the goal to create dynamic classrooms and support Project Based Learning curriculum.