eureca by imerzon provides deep learning experiences with augmented reality (AR) by placing animals, shapes, objects, and much more around users’ environment. For example, the app provides an interactable world using AR in which a child can play with an apple or a ball while he or she learns to identify the object. In one module, children find and associate animals with their sounds. Another module helps children to identify geometric shapes and associate them with real-life objects. Adaptive challenges are created for children to solve and advance to higher levels of complexity. By asking questions and providing answers, a Siri-like guide helps children to move through the levels. The app monitors children’s responses in real time and displays the information within Metrics, along with recommendations for improving learning outcomes. With separate Profiles, teachers can track complexities and performance for individual children. The app is currently available for iOS and will soon be available for selected Android devices. Cost: Free, with in-app purchases ($1.99/module)
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.
Calculus in Virtual Reality (CalcVR), an app for iOS, uses a Google Cardboard headset to enable the user to visualize concepts in multivariable calculus within a virtual reality setting. Users can specify their own objects for visualization, as well as go through lessons on the geometry and calculus of multivariable functions and the corresponding surfaces.
The Body VR lets users experience the wonders of the human body and its billions of living cells. Users travel through the bloodstream and learn everything there is to know about how blood cells work to spread oxygen through the human body. They also learn how the body reacts when it is faced with deadly viruses.