Teachers can use Lifeliqe in several ways. Lifeliqe recently partnered with Dr. Michael Carter to offer hundreds of pre-made lesson plans within curricula for six years of middle and high school science classes. These lesson plans include interactive 3D models as well as images, activities, and links to many external resources, some of which are free and some are paid. Teachers can find applicable lessons while browsing but can also search the site by author, subject, grade, standards, textbook correlation, and type to discover models and other materials to integrate into their regular lessons.
Students can also explore any content that relates to their current assignment: reading the background information, manipulating the models, and becoming creators by using the augmented reality feature to create their own 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 their own interactive ebooks, lesson plans, or presentations, 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. Lifeliqe is integrated into G Suite and Google Classroom for more assessment options, and they recently announced a partnership with Unity that will allow students and teachers to create their own VR, AR, and 3D content. Once this is enabled, the project options will be virtually endless.Continue reading Show less
Lifeliqe, pronounced "Lifelike," is a learning and productivity platform using over 1,100 interactive 3D models, incorporating elements of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Using the professional-grade models of the Corinth Classroom, subjects include biology, paleontology, physics, geometry, culture, and more. The interface includes 620 total lesson plans that cover the 3D models, deep-zoom images, videos, and animations. Students and teachers can browse by topic or search by keyword for content, tap on a model, and see close-up views of meiosis, prehistoric mammals, flowers, artesian wells, sulfur dioxide, refraction, icosahedrons, and even Stonehenge. The model interfaces can be set to English, Spanish, or both. Each model also includes a detailed introduction with encyclopedic facts, and students can make their own notes on the model. Students can rotate each model in every direction and zoom in and out. Using the AR feature, students can take photos or videos of the models with themselves or their surroundings.
The site also offers extensive curricula by Dr. Michael Carter, Steve Jobs' former advisor for educational research, with six topics and over 450 lesson plans, all aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and to major U.S. science textbooks. The interactive 3D content is integrated into the lesson plans themselves, with plenty of external materials and resources. These lesson plans use five learning stages: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate, and they're only in English. Lifeliqe is also working to add lessons and courses for students themselves.
Virtual reality can also be used with Lifeliqe, and there are both VR and mixed-reality (MR) extensions: Lifelique VR Museum and Lifeliqe HoloLens, respectively. While Lifeliqe is available in both website and app form, the iPad and Windows app versions allow for the most functionality, especially if teachers are looking to create their own content or use the AR features.
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 from various distances (by rotating, swiping, and zooming), they can focus on the parts of the models that interest them or that 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. Many of the models are of the highest quality and would be valuable additions to any lesson, such as the model of the potato beetle. However, Lifeliqe's extensive catalog also includes many less visually appealing models that are of lower resolution and don't distinguish detail well. Improving the quality of this lower-quality content would make this service even more valuable.
The included curricula mean students have access to these immersive 3D experiences across middle and high school education. There are so many models included that students can easily explore their personal interests while also finishing their lessons. Lifeliqe can be used as a core curriculum, or added into existing lessons for new literal perspectives. Since the app can be used in English, Spanish, or both at the same time, it's opened up to some English language learners (ELLs) as well.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.
Speaking & Listening
Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research.
Key Standards Supported
Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
Analyze displays of pictorial data to compare patterns of similarities in the embryological development across multiple species to identify relationships not evident in the fully formed anatomy.
Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.
Earth and Human Activity
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
Earth’s Place in the Universe
Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks.
Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
Analyze and interpret data on the distribution of fossils and rocks, continental shapes, and seafloor structures to provide evidence of the past plate motions.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
Develop a model to illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features.
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells, either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.
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