Created by Designmate for iOS, Plantale is an engaging learning app that takes students on a journey of a plant’s life. Using the Plantale app, students can explore a sunflower plant’s life cycle and reproductive cycle in augmented reality (AR). Four options within the app allow students to examine the plant and step through the stages of growth, from planting the seed to reproducing, withering, and dying. Animations, labels, informative text, and interactive elements help students see what happens in a plant, from the outside in, during all of these stages. The app covers internal anatomy and gives students a look at the outside of the plant during every stage, from seed onward. Topics such as room temperature, pH, and amount of water are addressed briefly. Students can also plant their own sunflower in AR and then return to that spot over the next several days to water and fertilize the plant to keep it healthy and watch it grow. Cost: $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.
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.