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A collaboration between Google Arts & Culture and CERN scientists, Big Bang AR is an augmented reality experience that allows you to travel back to the beginning of the universe and experience the genesis of our solar system. Narrated by Tilda Swinton, Big Bang AR lets users learn about the evolution of the world as we know it, both through experiential learning and a set ...
Bluprint is an online learning platform for crafters that provides instructional step-by-step videos made by world-class experts for all skill levels. Users can learn to paint, quilt, bake, dance, or master a variety of other skills in thousands of classes offered on the platform. A monthly subscription costs $7.99 after a seven-day free trial and gives you unlimited access to all classes.
Brainfeed is an app that provides 2,000+ educational videos to inform and entertain kids ages seven and up. The video library covers a wide variety of topics, from earth science and astronomy to music and language. All videos are child-friendly and under ten minutes long. A limited number of videos are available for free and access to the entire library costs $1.99 a month. Pros: ...
Kinful is a program that combines new technology with more traditional materials to foster social-emotional learning (SEL) in K-12 students. Kinful produces kits with all supplies required for over 85 hands-on SEL exercises, virtual reality headsets and cameras, and a global library of student-created VR videos. Kinful hopes that through making SEL technologically exciting and easy to fa...
Little Mouse’s Encyclopedia is an interactive encyclopedia of plants and animals that children can explore on a mobile device or online. In four different environments, users travel through a beautifully illustrated woodland, underwater, and underground world with their guide, Little Mouse, exploring and learning about things found in nature. The encyclopedia c...
The VR experience Nefertari: Journey to Eternity begins when you step into a digitally recreated version of the mysterious Egyptian queen’s tomb. By pointing to different parts of the space, viewers can listen to narration about the hieroglyphics and their connection to Queen Nefertari. The aim is to provide a window into...
The iExplore series from Carlton Books is a set of non-fiction, life science picture books fusing old technology with the new; each book is paired with an AR app that brings to life the animals or elements learned about in each book. For this review, I read four iExplore books: Predators, Micro Monsters, The Brain, and Extinct Animals. The books are $11.30 with t...
Medieval Math VR is a game in which the player must defend their kingdom from enemy druids by using the power of math. By solving math problems correctly, the player gains more weapons, fends off attacks on their castle, and destroys enemy forces. Medieval Math is free to download on iOS and Android. Pros: This game brings out th...
Produced by the design agency Jam3 and the National Film Board of Canada, East of the Rockies is an interactive augmented reality story of 17-year-old Yuki, a girl forced into one of Canada's Japanese internment camps during World War II. Famed Canadian author Joy Kogawa developed the story with Jam3 to provide high school students the opportunity to experience life in Slocan in th...
Learning Beautiful has a set of wooden toys designed to teach children ages three to nine the basics of coding without using electronics. For example, the binary towers set teaches kids how to conceptualize binary numbers by filling towers with wooden balls. Although this review focuses explicitly on the binary towers, Learning Beautiful has five other wooden coding toys, as well as sets...