Visual learning platform Lifeliqe has begun working with Microsoft to bring mixed-reality educational applications to classrooms.
Lifelique is using its 3D applications to teach lessons in the circulatory system and electronegativity to children in US schools from grades six to twelve. The company had previously launched its content on the HTC Vive. Students at Renton Prep in Seattle and Castro Valley Unified College in California have been able to take part in the pilot program and were some of the first to experience the HoloLens content during a science lesson.
“We’ve been using virtual reality as part of education at school for several months. It seems that students have a preference for mixed reality for learning, but the reason for [that] will be our next round of investigation,” said Michelle Zimmerman, director of innovative teaching and learning sciences at Renton Prep.
“When using Lifeliqe’s learning experiences, students were excited to dive into the blood vessel because they could visualize it, which should help their memory retention.” added Richard Schneck, career specialist at Castro Valley Unified College.
The pilot scheme will be rolled out to more schools and colleges over the coming weeks.
“Mixed reality offers completely unique means to deliver educational content, and we are excited to take another step forward in providing immersive learning experiences,” said Ondrej Homola, Lifeliqe CEO. “The excitement we witnessed during the pilot shows us the great potential mixed reality has in sparking lightbulb moments.”
Associate Professor at the University of Buffalo, Richard Lamb, is working with Lifeliqe to study the effects of VR and mixed reality on learning and measure the retention rate compared to traditional learning methods.
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