First developed in 2008, Virtual Nerd provides an online, standalone platform that contains video tutorials for algebra and introductory physics, assessment problems, and a reporting dashboard. Teachers can assign videos and practice problems to students in the form of a playlist. The platform also features a patent-pending “Dynamic Whiteboard” that contains:
1) a recording of a tutor explaining the lesson concepts in front of a whiteboard;
2) diagrams to help students visualize lesson concept;
3) step-by-step notes that help students follow each tutorial.
Virtual Nerd currently houses over 1,400 video tutorials covering pre-algebra, algebra I & II, and introductory physics. Each tutorial is created by a staff of experienced teachers and tutors, and the materials are aligned with Common Core State Standards for grades 6 to 8.
Virtual Nerd is free for educators; parents and students using the program at home can access the program for a subscription fee of $5 per student. (It will go to $7 in January 2013.) As of October 2012 the company reports that 30 districts are using the program, including San Jose Unified, Alliance Charters, Firstline Charters, Newark Public Schools, Gestalt Community Charter.
Virtual Nerd has partnered with Education Elements and New Classrooms to provide its content to their customers. These users can access Virtual Nerd content via a single sign-on feature. Also, Virtual Nerd has enabled data integration with these partners, meaning that users' data can be passed back to their platforms for reports and analysis.
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