“There are not enough tools for teachers. We are trying to give them, in one place, very powerful visual tools that get kids excited.” – Ondrej Homola, Czech Republic
When we last spoke to Ondrej Homola, his promising new start-up, Corinth, Ltd., had just released the Corinth Micro Plant app for Windows 8. We had demonstrated the app at the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Prague, and the crowd was enthusiastic about this app’s dynamic new way to look at the microscopic world of a plant.
Since then, Homola and Corinth have expanded their offerings to include Corinth Micro Engines, a 3D look at different types of engines, and Corinth Micro Anatomy Augmented, the first app in the series based on the technology of augmented reality – and the first augmented reality app developed for the Windows 8 platform.
Following the success of those apps, Corinth has designed a new learning solution, Corinth Classroom, to provide educators with immersive and interactive 3D content, all fully integrated with Microsoft Office. The new app is already localized in English, Spanish, Finnish, Swedish and Czech — with Ukrainian and Russian versions on the way. I recently had the pleasure of catching up with Homola from Prague, to learn more about his vision for transforming visual learning, and I discovered that putting teachers first is one secret to his company’s success.
According to Homola, more than 1000 teachers have provided feedback on Corinth Classroom, and the app is being piloted in more than 15 countries. Teachers are calling it a break-through education tool, one that not only engages students, but also provides a simple experience for the educator through its seamless integration with Microsoft Office.
“There are not enough tools for teachers,” Homola says. “We are trying to give them, in one place, very powerful visual tools that get kids excited.” And, he adds, all of that is possible through the power of the Microsoft ecosystem. Today’s students, Homola has told us, face problems with learning science because it is too abstract and difficult for them to imagine. They’re also surrounded by so much information that they are unable to view it critically and within context. Corinth’s answer to this challenge: delivering knowledge through immersive visual story-telling.
What’s next for Corinth? That has a lot to do with teachers who are testing Corinth Classroom, and providing meaningful input on what they need to make science come alive in the classroom. They’re hoping that teachers spend some time with the tool, then fill out a short survey to help make it even better. Whatever the results, I’m confident that Corinth will continue to innovate and to provide exciting new tools to help teachers connect with students around critical subjects.
About Ondrej Homola, CEO, Corinth, Ltd.
Prague, Czech Republic/San Francisco, USA
- Birthplace: Vsetin, Czech Republic
- Current residence: Prague, Czech Republic/San Francisco, California, USA
- Education: MA, Economics
- Website I check every day: http://www.techcrunch.com, https://www.twitter.com
- Person who inspires me most: My father.
- Favorite childhood memory: Playing theatre with my classmates in kindergarten.
- Next travel destination (work or pleasure): London (work)
- When was the last time you laughed? Why? One minute ago thinking about my Childhood memories.
- Favorite book: The Lord of the Rings
- Favorite music: Jamiroquai
- What is the best advice you have ever received? Help yourself.
- Your favorite quote or motto: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.