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Top Tech for Using Augmented and Virtual Reality

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) can help extend what we see in the classroom or bring the outside world in. Whether students are watching videos of current events or manipulating interactive models, AR and VR can add an extra layer of depth to our lessons. As students play, watch, and create, they will be walking in other people's shoes and may begin to develop empathy in the process. There's so much potential here for creative ways to build social-emotional skills. Check out our picks below to find immersive worlds, 3-D models, and tools to create your own AR and VR experiences in the classroom.

Lifeliqe Publisher: LifeLiQe, Inc.
Impressive, interactive 3D models augment classroom learning
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Discovery VR Publisher: Discovery Communications
Immersive videos let students enter the magical world of VR
Grades 3-10
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Aurasma Publisher: Aurasma
Augment reality with innovative, somewhat clunky tool
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Arloon Geometry Publisher: PARADOX TEAM SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Cool exploration features, so-so quizzes teach kids about shapes
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Elements 4D by DAQRI Publisher: DAQRI
Augmented reality transforms paper blocks in chemical-reaction sim
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Arloon Anatomy | The Human Body Publisher: PARADOX TEAM SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Explore the human body from the inside out
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price 2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Field Trip Publisher: Google
With a few tweaks, nifty augmented reality app can be classroom-ready
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
NYT VR - Virtual Reality Stories from the NYTimes Publisher: The New York Times Company
Immersive 360-degree videos take users inside the headlines
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated