Imagine watching a giraffe towering over a computer keyboard or a horse galloping on top of a newspaper. ZooKazam, an augmented reality (AR) app for iOS and Android, includes more than 40 holographic animals—from the esteemed bald eagle to the mysterious Tyrannosaurus rex—along with information about them. Students can use just about any surface to create their own AR marker. They can see their 3D animals from every angle with full animation. Every detail is taken into consideration: the animals have fur; they can blink their eyes, and they can even have synchronized shadows. Students can add snow or rain to their scene and change the educational voiceover from teacher to student. The animals are presented in nine categories: Birds, Fish, Mammals, Dinosaurs, Invertebrates, Amphibians, Insects, Reptiles, and Pets. The app is offered by Atlanta AR Design for $0.99.
To address concerns about quality and improve online learning, the Virtual Learning Leadership and AllianceQuality Matters recently released revised standards for virtual education—one set each for online teaching, online programs, and online courses. The revised standards are the first update since 2011.
Civilisations AR, an iOS app from the BBC, gives students an unprecedented look at 30 artifacts from around the globe—for example, the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum; an Egyptian mummy from the Torquay Museum in Devon, England; and Rodin’s The Kiss from the National Museum of Wales.