Tech Buffs A newsletter for instructional tech resources for the herds@Florence

Hello! I'm starting a weekly instructional tech newsletter and this week, I thought I'd focus on a technology that making its way into classrooms across content areas & grade levels: Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality.

So what is it?

Virtual Reality: Simply put, VR is a platform in which students and teachers can access other locations, interact, and learn in a virtual simulations using a device such as an phone or tablet. Educators can lead or allow students to learn through exploratory learning.

Augmented Reality: AR interacts with "triggers" usually a downloadable document. Using a tablet or phone, users point the camera at the trigger to scan The application then comes to life with animation. I like to to think of AR as a really buff QR code.

Recommended Apps for your classroom

Virtual Reality Apps

Bring your lessons to life. Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys. In Mind allows the player to experience the journey into the patient’s brains in search of the neurons that cause mental disorder. Submerge into the microworld and experience the miracles of the human mind. With NYTVR, put yourself at the center of our stories in an immersive virtual reality experience.
Coloring is a much loved and long-established classroom activity. Quiver builds on this by using 3D augmented reality to bring flat coloring pages to life. Included are interactive features, narrations, facts, and quizzes.
Part toy.Part chemistry experiment. A whole new way of learning. Build a set of six beautifully designed wooden block to life through augmented reality with the Elements 4D app.
Thanks to Augmented Reality, there's more to the world than meets the eye. Blipp to find information, learn about things, have fun experiences.
~Marisa Mejia, your Instructional Technology Specialist. Thanks for the read! Please reach out anytime if you would like some help or just a friendly face to help implement these instructional tools into your classroom.
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