Virtual Reality & Education

By Kay O | Articles, resources and research into how VR might be used in educational settings. K-12 and Higher Ed. and Library contexts

How Virtual Anatomy Will Change Med School

Last week I spent a day at the venerable Cleveland Clinic—the city’s best-known celebrity, perhaps, next to this guy. The hospital (and really, it’s …

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David Attenborough Is Here To Take You On A Virtual Reality History Lesson

Tell me more, Dave<p>Do you know what the world of Virtual Reality needs? No, not porn, that's already a thing. What it needs is the dulcet tones of …

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Digital campaign: Greenpeace targets new audience with its first VR app

The environmental group Greenpeace has launched its first virtual reality app, Virtual Explorer, giving its supporters the opportunity to experience …

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'Arden's Wake' paves the way for never-ending VR stories

Making movies in virtual reality is easy. Making <i>good</i> animated movies in virtual reality is hard. There's no "mise en scène" to play with, and even the basic 180-degree rule is washed away with a head turn. The limitations of a cinema screen make storytelling easier, linear, comfortable. Penrose …

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Can virtual reality enable 3D creation for all?

If you look at the evolution of capturing the world around us, we keep getting closer and closer to what the world actually looks like. We started replicating nature using painting and sculpting, caves and stones were our canvas. Photography was invented about 200 years ago. It took another 40 …

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Designing for virtual reality and the impact on education | Alex Faaborg | TEDxCincinnati

Virtual Reality: How Patients, Doctors and Athletes Will Be Educated

Virtual reality is just about to hit the inflection point.<p>Soon, nearly everyone will have a VR device, or use one regularly. The well of content is rising, and the cost is dropping; only the execution of the various applications is limiting exponential growth. In almost every educational …

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The UN Is Using Virtual Reality to Make the Rich and Powerful Feel Empathy

A new campaign uses virtual reality documentaries to raise awareness and trigger empathy.<p>I'm standing on the rooftop of an abandoned building in Monrovia, Liberia. My gaze drifts from the setting sun to the man next to me strumming a homemade guitar. Singing along is a young woman named Decontee …

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UnlimitedHand Allows You To Feel Virtual Reality

Another step toward complete immersion into the virtual world.<p>In a bid to make virtual reality more immersive, Japanese design brand H2L has created the UnlimitedHand. The device is strapped to a users forearm and combines haptic feedback with multi-channel electronic muscle stimulators to allow …

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Bring virtual reality field trips to your school with Google Expeditions

Posted by David Quaid, Software Engineer, Google Expeditions<i><br>(Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog.)</i><br>At the Bronx Latin School in New York City, …

Here's everything we know about Microsoft's augmented reality headset HoloLens

HoloLens is a big deal for Microsoft, a company that is struggling to retain relevancy with consumers after it missed out on the smartphone and tablet boom.<p>Rather than doubling down on mobile, Microsoft has decided to look into the future — and the result is HoloLens.<p>The headset, which has been at …

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'Henry' is Oculus' first, emotional step to making AI characters

If you've ever spent time in the company of young children watching colorful and cartoony TV shows geared to their innocence -- say something on Sprout or Nick Jr. -- then you'll know what it is to live in the world of <i>Henry</i>. The computer-animated virtual reality short about a lonely hedgehog is …

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Nokia reveals Ozo, a futuristic new camera for filming virtual reality

When Microsoft bought Nokia's handset business in 2013, two big questions hovered above all. The first was "why?" and we never got a convincing answer: Microsoft wrote off $7.6 billion in Nokia costs this month, higher than the purchase price. The second question was what would become of the rest …

Samsung promotes independent virtual reality filmmakers

As we saw in the early days of the software and hardware industries, nothing stifles a new platform like major companies squeezing out the little guys early on.<p>Samsung is apparently trying to do the opposite. The company has just launched the Gear Indie channel for its Gear VR virtual reality …

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PlayStation President Says Virtual Reality Is The Future

Shuhei Yoshida, President of PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios, claims that, “In a few years, everyone will use [Virtual Reality] in some form or …

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Virtual reality centre in Melbourne lets you kill zombies

Last week, the world’s first virtual reality game centre opened in Melbourne and it looks awesome. Zero Latency is a physical gaming experience …

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