Tools to Help Students Visualize Abstract Concepts
MERGE Cube and MERGE Goggles are powerful learning tools that help students visualize and understand abstract concepts by giving them memorable, authentic, and tactile learning experiences using virtual and augmented reality technology. With MERGE Cube, students can explore their world in a new way by holding holograms of the Solar System, human body, and hundreds of other objects. The simple act of slipping their smartphone into MERGE Goggles transports students to virtual worlds. Mr. Body, a holographic anatomy lesson, and HoloGLOBE, AR visualizations of Earth, are among the many free apps developed for MERGE Cube.
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.