Virtual reality and augmented reality, or AR/VR are making waves when it comes to creating immersive environments for people to learn, play, meet, and experience. And what better application of AR/VR than for learning purposes? AR/VR is known to make education more engaging, interactive and most importantly, to enable longer retention of information. The immersive experience allows students to be more present and learn multiple concepts hands-on. Implementing AR/VR in your school can be expensive, but there are applications that allow schools to get the most out of it without blowing their budget. Here are five free tools to consider adding to the AR/VR roster while waiting to win an education grant
The SKyView app is a winner among children who love space. The app requires users to use a smartphone and point it at the sky. It provides a real time view of the constellations and planets in the part of the sky that is being viewed through the phone. The app is especially great at night to view the placement of stars, satellites, and planets and identify them.
Not all screen time
has to be destructive. AR/VR apps make for a great way to enhance history lessons and make them more interesting and vivid. The BBC offers a 360-degree virtual learning experience that is free for all and can be accessed through a web browser on any device. Berlin Blitz lets users ride a bomber plane that was flown over Berlin by a camera crew and a journalist.
Science classes are not complete without dissecting a frog. However, it can be too brutal for some classes or simply time-consuming and costly. This is where Froggipedia comes in. The app uses a virtual frog and displays the frog anatomy as if there was a frog on the desk. Not only is it safer but also cleaner and more animal-friendly. The app demonstrates how a frog’s body works in real-time without having to actually dissect a frog.
Google Expeditions lets users take a trip around the world from their screens. The initiative is part of Google’s Arts and Culture website. Learners can take expeditions across timelines and geographies. In addition, the classes come with follow-up materials for educators to do a class based on the trip.
Created by Discovery Education, the Sandbox AR app provides a comprehensive AR experience that lets students build a virtual world in any room. This allows for educators to move classes and take interactive sessions. For instance, students can discover the wonders of ancient Rome in a school auditorium.
At a time when remote learning
has become an essential aspect of education, interactive and immersive apps are the best ways to ensure that education is fun, meaningful, and beneficial to students. These free resources ensure that schools are able to make the most of AR and VR technologies without having to invest in expensive hardware and paid applications.