I’m thrilled to provide the #31DaysofARVRinEDU event! Each day in March will include an augmented (AR) or virtual reality (VR) resource to bring into the classroom.
History just got a lot more interesting with the immersive technology work by Experience Real History (ERH). The company, (formerly called Alamo Reality) completed a project focused on exploring the Alamo with intense, immersive experiences. Using augmented and virtual reality, the company brought to life the Alamo stories that are well known and others that are less common. The experiences are full of awe as you grow in the knowledge of history as if you’re part of the story. Check out all their products here. Don’t miss the news by ERH on their upcoming project at the end of this post!
Learn more about the company in this Digital Citizenship Institute Video
The first product I explored by ERH was the Alamo trading cards. Each card contains characters that made an impact on this time in history. The first step in exploring these cards is downloading the ERH Character app to view the cards through your camera. View each card independently to learn about each person, and then see the magic happen when you put the two cards together. Not only will you see each character come to life, but you’ll also learn how these people interacted in history.
Another option to explore the Alamo is purchasing a playing mat. The map shows the map of the Alamo and when scanned with the ERH Alamo app, the students will see flags appear on the mat to identify the timeline of events. Select each flag to see the mat come to life and display the Alamo in 3D using augmented reality.
I believe the most amazing experience of the Alamo is walking into an AR portal to view the events come to life all around you. Viewing 360 photos or videos is amazing, but being able to walk around the Alamo is quite another experience. When stepping on the circle, I am brought up to the sky to see and hear the Alamo story appear.
I had the opportunity to be part of the scavenger hunt with ERH at TCEA last month. We were able to see the Alamo today and then walk through the AR portal to see what it was in the past. While I’ve shared the apps many times, there was another level of learning when I was standing in the Alamo and immersed in history at the same time.
The most recent Alamo experience is now available in a book. In the gorgeous displays of the Alamo, I was able to uncover history by reading, seeing and experiencing the Alamo. The history is much more interactive than reading the literature alone, and our students will love to see the book come to life.
If you wondered why Alamo Reality later became Experience Real History, then you probably wondered what other projects the company is working on now. The next project is on Gettysburg!!! You want to follow this amazing company and follow the future content coming to explore history in this new, realistic approach.
Interested in joining the ARVRinEDU conversation on Voxer? Send me a message and I will add you in our group!