Virtual Field Trips and General VR Content Apps
- Google Expeditions and Google Expeditions Pioneer Program – The first and broadest content provider of 360 pictures for VR field trips and career shadowing experiences. Sign up for the Google Expeditions Team to come to your school and bring a VR field trip with them.
- Nearpod VR – One of the most widely-used VR field trips and lessons providers. Product can be used on tablets, phones, and in VR headsets. They also provide kits for purchase by schools.
- Cerevrum – site dedicated to developing progressive virtual reality apps for education. Utilizes the Samsung Gear VR and possibly Oculus Rift (Brain training game and Public Speaking App)
- Unimersiv – website with many educational virtual reality apps for both Cardboard and the Oculus Rift
- EON Reality – AR and VR company with arms in many different facets of the AR/VR world. Has a VR creation tool as well as plenty of educational VR content on their mobile app.
- HiverLab – An interactive 360 video company that has a promising 360 video annotation platform called Storyhive. Could be a Google Expeditions competitor.
- Youtube – An always growing list of content and videos, some amazing, some not. Just know what you want to search for and beware of falling into the Youtube video rabbit hole.
- Embodied Learning – Embodied patient experience labs (U.S.)
- E-learning Studios – offers VR and AR learning technology design and development services (U.K.)
VR equipment or Google Expedition Kits sellers
(Disclaimer: this is just a list we compiled and we are not responsible for any transactions you have with these sites)
- eWeb360.com – VR equipment rental company, sells Google Cardboard kits cheaper than Best Buy, based in Canada, available to ship globally.
- Red Box VR – A U.K.-based Google Expeditions Official Partner. Sells Expeditions Kits for prices comparable to Best Buy.
- Virtual Reality Experiences – A U.K.-based VR hire and event-planning company with the major headsets, PCs, and more for rent.
- Aquila Education – A teacher-focused site with kits to sell, lesson plans, and other education technology-related content.
- Best Buy – The big box store sells pre-made kits for schools. Expensive but you’ve got the assurance, warranty, and convenience of buying with a well-known company.
- Amazon.com – Of course, you can pretty much buy everything from here. It probably won’t be the cheapest option though.
- Alibaba – If you’re not from Asia then Alibaba might be unfamiliar to you. Its sort of like the Amazon.com of China. You can get great prices on Google Cardboards but the shipping times might be long. You can usually pay with Paypal so you’re protected by their rules and you can even haggle (through Alibaba.com and email) about the price you want. I haven’t bought smartphones from them but I have bought bunches of Cardboards three times with little trouble.
- Dynamic Innovative Data solutions – An Indianapolis, IN, USA-based company providing less expensive classroom VR kits.
- VRXOne – A VR technology and kit provider based in Bahrain, serving the Middle East and Subcontinent region
- Viar360 – A 360 video authoring and publishing platform focused on creating educational experiences.
Web-based VR Creation Tools – Visit this link for reviews of some of the tools below.
Academic Institutions & Labs specializing in VR
- Teachers College, Columbia University – GizmoEdTech Lab
- Teachers College, Columbia University – Game Research Lab
- Stanford University – Virtual Human Interaction Lab
- University of Arkansas, Little Rock – Emerging Analytics Center
- The Ohio State University – Buckeye Virtual Reality Project
- The Northern Arizona University – Immersive and Interactive Virtual Reality Lab
General Links to Education-related Virtual Reality Resources
- Oculus Quest – a wireless VR headset with quality and resolution that approaches wired headsets. Will need a tablet or phone to sync. (~$399)
- Google Cardboard – has a fly-around Earth mode and Versailles Tour (French History anyone?)
- Google Cardboard Camera – take 3D 360 degree photos with your smartphone and relive them (audio too!), great for teachers visiting a location and wanting their students to experience the moment with them back in the classroom
- Samsung Gear VR – a VR headset that is a little more expensive than Google Cardboard but made with better quality materials ($50-100 depending on the version)
- Leap Motion VR – a camera attachment for desktop VR headsets that allows for your hand motions to be tracked in the virtual environment
- Google Daydream VR – Google’s next offering of a VR headset. Requires Daydream-compatible phones (usually $600-800). The wand/remote that comes with it is the biggest difference between it and the old Samsung gear. Now Samsung Gear VR version 2 also has a similar product.
- Enduvo – VR learning platform enabling experts to build interactive lectures and for students to get 1-on-1 learning experiences from an experts point of view. Currently has mostly medical and anatomy applications but is robust enough to be used in other fields.
- Cognitive3D – Company utilizing VR/AR to help brands and marketers extract and analyze customer behavior data
Virtual Reality News sites
- RoadToVR – virtual reality news website
- UploadVR – virtual reality news website
- VRCircle – virtual reality news website
- Voices of VR Podcast – excellent daily interviews of people in the VR comunity, very informative
- Reverend Kyle Podcast and Website – great VR news and commentary, updated less frequently now
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The possibilities of virtual reality in education, focusing on apps and research-backed effective uses of virtual reality in the classroom.
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