NASA @ Home and City is a virtual tour of NASA-related science that is all around us. Students visiting NASA @ Home and City can rotate buildings and take a look inside to discover everyday items, the development of which has been influenced by space exploration. Each item within a building has a narrated explanation of how that item was influenced by NASA technology. For example, students can take a look inside the bathroom of a house to learn how technology used at NASA has had an impact on the development of cosmetics and toothpaste. Beyond the explanations, students can explore NASA @ Home and City’s Spinoff Archives, where they can read more about each of the elements they see in the virtual buildings. After going through the virtual tours and reading the Spinoff Archives, students can take the Spinoff Challenge to assess what they learned in NASA @ Home and City.
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.