Platform for Creating Educational Augmented and Virtual Reality Content
On EON Reality’s platform, teachers can create a blended learning environment that allows them to combine 3D with PowerPoint, notes, sound effects, and more. EON Reality has developedCreator AVRspecifically to make educational augmentedandvirtual reality (AVR) content easy to create; no programming experience is needed. A marker lets users interact with lessons from the Creator AVR Library; they can modify prebuilt lessons or build their own lessons. EON Creator AVR’s drag-and-drop functionality enables users to quickly add interactions, different behaviors, and physics to AR/VR building blocks. Creator AVR lets teachers lead multiuser classes in touch or AR, guiding students through educational content and challenges. Shared gaze-tracking and a VoIP feature let students ask and answer questions as called on by the teacher, whether they are attending from home or working together in class around a shared AR marker. EON Creator AVR is available to download to iOS and Android devices.
When I was in fifth grade, I remember my teacher showing us pictures from his summer European travels. It was amazing to me to see such incredible structures like the Eiffel Tower and the Roman Colosseum. Our teacher did a wonderful job of sharing what these locations were like but I remember wishing I was there.
Created by the Fossett Laboratory for Virtual Planetary Exploration at Washington University in St. Louis, the GeoXplorerapp for iOS and Android devices helps students understand the complex, three-dimensional nature of geologic structures.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum provides unique fieldtrip opportunities for teachers and students to engage with the museum’s content online. Among the museum’s offerings are “Earth and Its Place in the Universe” (grades 5–12); “Finding Our Way: Geography and GIS” (grades 6–8)); “Living Through History” (grades 1–8); and “Paper Airplane Design” (grades 3–8).