Interactive media platform ThingLink has launched its first virtual reality content app called VR Lessons. The app is designed for elementary school students and their teachers and parents. VR Lessons is a collection of high-quality, interactive, 360-degree image and video journeys on a variety of topics, including science, language, and the arts. The first stories take students to places with different ecosystems, from the French Alps to a jungle in the archipelago of northern Australia. As they turn their heads to look around, students can spot details and unlock additional information of each habitat in a narrated virtual reality environment. The app uses three key features: audio annotations, background audio for 360-degree images, and integration of several 360-degree images or videos into one immersive story. In the future, educators from around the world will be able to publish their virtual reality lessons in ThingLink’s VR Lessons app. Cost $4.99
Wonder Workshop is sponsoring the Wonder League Robotics Competition, a free global, virtual competition for students aged 6–14. The competition is intended to help students develop computational thinking, problem solving, and creativity by learning to code.
Vuforia Chalk delivers a unique communication experience enabled by the Vuforia augmented-reality platform. The app combines advanced augmented-reality collaboration tools with real-time video communications to connect students with their teacher or other educator so they can both see and discuss the instruction at hand.
Since Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland debuted in 1865, the fantastical tale of a girl who falls down a rabbit hole and ends up in an alternative universe has inspired countless retellings. From rabbit holes to mirrors, flamingoes to hedgehogs, Wonderland is the perfect world for virtual reality.