VR & AR
VR vs AR: What’s the Difference?
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are two similar technologies, but they have differences that set them apart. Understanding what makes each one unique will help you decide which is best for your classroom.
Virtual reality, as the name suggests, turns your entire reality into a virtual setting. When you wear one of these headsets, your entire vision is blocked from your real world, and you enter a virtual world, whether that’s a video, game, or app. In virtual reality, where you are physically doesn’t matter. Your body may be sitting in a classroom, but your view can be the cockpit of an airplane. Think of Wade Watts entering the OASIS in Ready Player One.
Augmented reality, likewise, takes your reality and augments it with virtual additions. Devices such as smart glasses allow you to view your surroundings, but add elements to the lenses like weather, date, and time. Augmented reality allows for free movement through your physical environment while exploring virtual overlays. The gaming app Pokemon Go is an excellent example of augmented reality.
Plugo is an AR-powered phygital STEM learning system. Plugo assists educators in teaching essential skills such as critical thinking, spatial reasoning, problem-solving, math, science and arts with advantages of hands-on activities and real-time feedback. These various kits teach children math, spelling and grammar, how to play piano and read music, spatial reasoning, analytical thinking, creative design, and puzzle-solving using physical toys with a digital tablet app. Story-based games and challenges can be adjusted for skill levels from ages 4 to 10 making this a versatile STEM toy you’ll use for years to come.
Shifu Orboot is an interactive globe that comes alive with the magic of AR. These interactive AR globes are a magical gateway to exploring Mars, Earth, and prehistoric lands with 3D dinosaurs. Students will develop a general knowledge of topics including space science, physics, geography, environmental science, social science, geology, prehistoric earth, evolution, and the physical features and traits of dinosaurs. The Orboot app is available in 8 languages and suitable for children ages 4-10.