Review by Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Education | Updated September 2016
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Impressive, interactive 3D models augment classroom learning

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  • Critical Thinking

  • Science
  • Social Studies
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Pros: Beautiful models, ease of use, and an extensive library make this app extremely versatile.

Cons: Making your own ebooks is not intuitive, plus pricing likely will keep it out of students' hands at home.

Bottom Line: Lifeliqe is a no-brainer for supplying clear, professional 3D models for deep investigation.

Teachers can use Lifeliqe in several ways. Students can explore the content that relates to any current assignments: reading the background information, manipulating the models, and using the augmented-reality feature to create photos or videos. Teachers can include the models in their PowerPoint or Keynote slides as they teach a lesson to the whole class. They can also create and publish interactive ebooks or show augmented-reality pictures or videos to students.

There are quite a number of videos on the Lifeliqe YouTube channel describing how to make the most of the app's features, as well as tutorials and classroom tips contained within the app itself. Several ebook lessons, including topics such as the circulatory system, water cycle, and selective breeding, are included for immediate use.

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Lifeliqe, pronounced "Lifelike," is a learning and productivity platform using over 1,000 interactive 3D models, incorporating elements of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Using the professional-grade models of the Corinth Classroom, subjects include human, animal, and plant biology, paleontology, geology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geometry, and culture. Students can browse by topic or search by keyword for content, tap on a model, and see close-up views of mitosis and meiosis, prehistoric mammals, flowers, artesian wells, sulfur dioxide, refraction, the solar system, icosahedrons, and even Stonehenge.

Each model also includes a detailed introduction with encyclopedic facts, and students can make their own notes on the model within the app. Some of the models are videos and many have motion, with new ones being added each week. Students can rotate each model in every direction and zoom in and out. Using the augmented-reality feature, students can take photos or videos of the model with themselves or their surroundings. Virtual reality can also be used with Lifeliqe (HTC Vive has chosen Lifeliqe as a strategic partner for education).

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Lifeliqe is a fantastic option for those who thrive on visual, and even kinesthetic, learning. Since students can study each model from all angles and various distances (by rotating, swiping, and zooming), they can focus on the parts of the models that interest them or are the most relevant to their lesson. The models that include the deep-zoom feature allow students to learn about the topic as a whole and in more detail, sometimes all the way down to the cellular level. Using these 3D models can help with higher recall, improved test scores, increased attention, and better communication.

There are so many models included that students can easily explore their personal interests while also finishing their lessons. Since the app can be used in English, Spanish, or both at the same time, it is opened up to some English-language learners as well. The content is also guaranteed by professors from renowned universities around the world.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Though the initial interface is a bit busy, once students get interacting with the models, they'll be captivated by the app's features, especially the augmented and virtual reality.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Lifeliqe uses visual, and to an extent kinesthetic, learning by putting over 1,000 educational models in front of students where they can manipulate and interact with them.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Several tutorials and lesson plans show how to use and integrate the content into your classroom. Lifeliqe also showcases a bilingual view and the option to create your own notes with every model. 

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Jenny Bristol Homeschooling parent

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