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Best 15 Free Virtual Reality Apps for Education

Mark Metry, Founder of VU Dream

February 11, 2017

Virtual Reality has had an unprecedented impact on education. Students using VR can remember longer, learn faster, and even decide better. All of this while making it even cheaper for schools to bring immersive interactive content in classrooms across the world.

Here are the TOP 15 FREE VR Apps compatible for your phone’s mobile Virtual Reality Headset.  If you need an affordable headset you can check out VU Dream’s  Headsets Shop.

1. Public Speaking VR

Public Speaking VR provides a realistic VR training platform for job interviews and public speaking events, allowing you to master your speaking skills. Get a Virtual Reality headset here, and conquer your fears, whether it is for a TED talk, best man speech at a wedding, presentation at a conference or that interview at Google – we have you covered!

Click here to learn more from our article on Public Speaking VR.

2. History View VR

HistoryView VR is the educational platform for teachers & students to access 3D Virtual Reality Field Trips powered by Matterport. Working with museums and historical sites, HistoryView is able to share historical experiences and bring history to life for classrooms worldwide. In connection with Matterport’s state of the art technology, HistoryView is able to create virtual reality field trips for education and digitally preserve anthropology.

Click here to learn more about History View VR.

3. Language VR

Immerse yourself in the culture and language of a different country through virtual reality. Experience Culture and Travel around the world with beautiful 360 images of different landmarks and locations. Learn Vocabulary more quickly with the visual word association in our photo-realistic environments. Listen to Audiobooks to enhance your learning and pronunciations. Roleplay Situations by practicing ordering a meal, giving a speech, booking a hotel and much more.

Click here to learn more about Language VR.

Language VR 

4. Virry Educational

Virry is a fun and educational wildlife experience that uses live stream cameras across the world and now 360/VR to allow children as close to a real safari as you can get without actually being there. Virry immerses kids in the lives of wild animals, encouraging discovery, empathy, and problem-solving. It is a unique way to let kids aged 3 and up virtually interact with real animals, feeding, playing and caring for them in their natural habitats. All the while helping them to better understand nature, conservation and the world around them.

Click here to learn more about Virry Educational.

5. MoleculE VR

VR breaks the borders of reality and takes you everywhere! Now with MoleculE VR you can even explore the basic unit of Life.

Digital learning turns into an immersive experience where VR headsets become new powerful educational tools. 

MoleculE VR is a virtual reality tour:

  • supporting and integrating classic teaching;
  • expressing complex concepts of Biology and Medicinal Chemistry;
  • enhancing mnemonic techniques through a visual and interactive format.

Click here to learn more about MoleculE VR.

6. Flashcard VR

FlashcardVR for Google Cardboard takes you from the reality of sitting at a desk, flipping mind numbing flashcards and transports you into a fascinating electronic world where learning is a side effect of the experience.

There are two modes of interaction: “Flashcards” deals cards to you in groups of five at a time, and allows you to study new material for the first time. “Game” mode sends you off into space, where your job is to defend the planet from alien intruders by matching weapon cards to the appropriate intruder’s term. “Miss” your shot and both cards are placed back in the deck for another round.

Studying your flashcards in VR lets you see written words and images, as well as have them read aloud, aiding both the visual and auditory learner. All external visual and auditory distractions are eliminated: it’s just you and the flashcards (and maybe a few alien insects!)

FlashcardVR can read cards in multiple languages, including French, Spanish, German, and English. Hearing foreign vocabulary words as well as seeing them is a huge boon for foreign language students.

Flashcard information comes from Quizlet.com, one of the worlds largest collections of flashcard data. You can select from millions of pre-existing flashcard sets, or create your own custom sets. Quizlet integration requires full activation via an In App Purchase.

Click here to learn more about Flashcard VR.

7. Udacity VR

This one isn’t so much about the app and more of what the app shows off.

Want to become a VR Developer? Welcome to your tour of Udacity’s VR Developer Nanodegree program!

In partnership with Google VR, HTC Vive, and Upload, we have built a world-class curriculum that will teach how to create amazing VR content, and equip you with the skills you’ll need to launch a career in the VR industry.

This app provides a preview of what you can expect from your initial VR projects in the program.

Enjoy your tour, and vist udacity.com/vr to enroll!

Udacity VR

8. Titans of Space

A deep-dive tour through our Solar System, and then takes you beyond that. The primary aim is to gain new perspective on what our universe actually looks like by taking advantage of the increased spatial awareness made possible by modern VR. A secondary aim is to entertain the player with music and exciting visuals that are otherwise probably impossible to experience in our lifetime.

The experience is meant to be as authentic as possible, but sizes and distances are intentionally unrealistic. All planetary bodies are relatively toy-sized, shrunk down to 1 millionth of their actual size, which means you will see Earth as a 12.7-meter-wide holographic ball, or the size of a small house.

The tour is self-paced, and customizable through a multitude of options. During the tour, help and options are available to indicate all the different things you can do.

Click here to learn more about Titans of Space VR.

Titans of Space

9. EON Experience VR

EON Experience VR is a service for viewing interactive Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality applications on your phone. The EON Experience VR application delivers an exceptional AR/VR experience anywhere, anytime.

Get the free app and become instantly immersed in a growing selection of AR and VR experiences on your phone. Currently, you can experience your application in three different modes: Normal, AR, and VR.

To experience this content in Virtual Reality, (VR mode), insert the device in a VR case. Ensure the device fits and uses gyro tracking for best use. No controllers are needed. Simply use your head to look around. Get a VR Headset here.

Click here to learn more about Eon Experience on Google Cardboard.

EON Reality VR AR App

10. Stereogram

Stereogram uses Google Cardboard to present vivid 3D images from history.

Powered by the NYPL Stereogranimator (http://stereo.nypl.org), Stereogram allows you to:

  • Search over 40,000 historical stereographs by voice
  • Browse popular images from Stereogranimator.
  • Curate your own list of favorite stereographs.
  • View 3D images of your own

Click here to learn more about Stereogram.

Google Stereogram

 

11. VR Showcase

Explore award-winning, immersive VR experiences from your VR ready device.

Step into exotic locations like Machu Picchu; browse leading colleges and universities, including Harvard and Yale; become immersed in breathtaking live events like TomorrowWorld.

Download Virtual Reality Showcase today and explore thousands of riveting VR experiences like these in a variety of industries, including travel, education, events, real estate, business, restaurants, and much more.

YouVisit is constantly adding new content, so check back regularly to discover the most cutting-edge virtual reality experiences.

Click here to learn more about VR Showcase.

YouVisit VR Showcase

 

12. Polar Sea 360

Polar Sea 360° is a 10 part television series and interactive journey that follows sailors, scientists, hunters and artists on a journey through the Arctic’s Northwest Passage.

Part of the series was shot using revolutionary 360 degree cameras, that put you in the center of the action and let you experience the Arctic like never before.

This mobile 360 player application allows you to enjoy some of these unique perspectives on your mobile device.

For the full interactive experience, visit: POLARSEA360.COM

Click here to learn more about Polar Sea 360.

Polar Sea

 

13. Anatomyou

Anatomyou VR is an immersive 3D-stereo app to learn human body’s anatomy focused in minimally invasive techniques. The app shows, using virtual immersive 3D navigation on a mobile device, the anatomical structures of various systems of the human body browsed at the minimally invasive procedures.

Anatomyou allows you to control the navigation speed, to pause it or to continue it. This allows you to inspect in detail any structure or even view it 360º.

Use the application with a virtual reality gadget or a housing for smartphones, as Gear VR, Google Cardboard, Lakento, etc. and with its functionality in 3D-stereo (side-by-side) mode you’ll enjoy a trip inside the human body browsing around the main endoluminal systems (digestive, respiratory, circulatory, gynaecological, etc.) and watching them like the minimally invasive procedures device (i.e. endoscope, etc.)

Complementary to the traditional atlas, Anatomyou facilitates learning through the 3D orientation and location inside of the essential anatomical structures for minimally invasive medical procedures: colonoscopy, gastroscopy, bronchoscopy, angioplasty, etc..It also includes a dynamic signalling of the main anatomical pathways which form the conduits of the endoluminal systems.

This application is ideal for the health science students (medicine, nursing, etc.) that are learning the human anatomy for the minimally invasive procedures, as well as for teachers who want to innovate their teaching with a virtual tool like Anatomyou.

Click here to learn more about Anatomyou.

AnatomYou

 

14. Cleanopolis VR

Captain Clean needs your help. Your mission if you accept it is to fight against climate change and make sure the city of Cleanopolis get rid of its CO2 cloud.

Assisted by your faithful companion named Tobby, explore the 3D city and discover its districts. They shelter some mini-games, some quizzes and even a movie theatre! Thanks to your actions, you will reduce the CO2 emissions and beautify the city.

Click here to learn more about Cleanopolis VR.

Cleanopolis

 

15. 360° Learning Demo

Delve into the future of learning! In this tts 360° Learning Demo you can explore an office in search for potential information security risks. Look around carefully! Information security does not only concern your PC…treasures can even be found in the waste basket!

Employees best learn “on the job” – so why not complement traditional learning methods with 3D simulations of work places to increase the learning experience? tts offers the ideal product for this new leaning dimension: 360° Learning.

Learners immerse into the scenario with VR headsets, full attention is guaranteed! In the virtual room, learning will become an unforgettable experience.

Click here to learn more about 360° Learning VR.

360 Learning

Conclusion

Check back on this page frequently for updates and additions.

We’ve seen a tremendous amount of disruptive change coming from the Virtual Reality Industry. It is surely certain that this kind of content will accelerate based on trends in the future.

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