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.
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.