Starting with the Alamo in 1836, Experience Real History(ERH) uses cards and Reality Boards, in addition to apps, to help students gain insights into history. The Reality Board is a large mat with a printed image of the 1836 Alamo from a bird’s-eye view. To use the augmented reality features, students need to install either the Experience Real History: Alamo Edition app (used with the Reality Boards) or the Experience Real History: Characters app (used with the Card Packs). When students view the Reality Board with the Alamo Edition app, their personal Alamo diorama appears in front of them. They will be able to see and hear photoreal animated scenes of the Alamo battle, explore the fort the way it was in 1836, and experience the personal drama of the people who fought and died at the Alamo. Pinching gets them even closer to the action. The Reality Cards feature individuals from the time period. When two cards are viewed through the Characters app, students learn how the individuals interacted. Costs: Free apps for iOS and Android; $1.99 for premium content for iOS. Prices of Reality Boards and Card Packs are indicated on the website.
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.
Since Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland debuted in 1865, the fantastical tale of a girl who falls down a rabbit hole and ends up in an alternative universe has inspired countless retellings. From rabbit holes to mirrors, flamingoes to hedgehogs, Wonderland is the perfect world for virtual reality.