Product Review of Lifeliqe
Lifeliqe, pronounced “Lifelike,” is a learning and productivity platform using over 1,100 interactive 3D models, incorporating elements of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Using the professional-grade models of the Corinth Classroom, it features subjects including biology, paleontology, physics, geometry, culture, and more. The interface includes 620 total lesson plans that cover the 3D models, deep-zoom images, videos, and animations. Students and educators can browse by topic or search by keyword for content, tap on a model, and see close-up views of meiosis, prehistoric mammals, flowers, artesian wells, sulfur dioxide, refraction, icosahedrons, and even Stonehenge. The model interfaces can be set to English, Spanish, or both. Each model also includes a detailed introduction with encyclopedic facts, and learners can make their own notes on the model. Students can rotate each model in every direction and zoom in and out. Using the AR feature, learners can take photos or videos of the models with themselves or their surroundings.
The site also offers extensive curricula by Dr. Michael Carter, Steve Jobs’ former adviser for educational research, with six topics and over 450 lesson plans, all aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and to major U.S. science textbooks. The interactive 3D content is integrated into the lesson plans themselves, with plenty of external materials and resources. These lesson plans use five learning stages: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate, and they’re only in English. Lifeliqe is also working to add lessons and courses for learners themselves.
Virtual reality can also be used with Lifeliqe, and there are both VR and mixed-reality (MR) extensions: Lifelique VR Museum and Lifeliqe HoloLens, respectively.
Teachers can use Lifeliqe in several ways. Lifeliqe recently partnered with Dr. Michael Carter to offer hundreds of premade lesson plans within curricula for six years of middle and high school science classes. These lesson plans include interactive 3D models as well as images, activities, and links to many external resources, some of which are free and some are paid. Teachers can find applicable lessons while browsing but can also search the site by author, subject, grade, standard, textbook correlation, and type to discover models and other materials to integrate into their regular lessons.
Students can also explore any content that relates to their current assignment: reading the background information, manipulating the models, and becoming creators by using the augmented reality feature to create their own photos or videos. Teachers can include the models in their PowerPoint or Keynote slides as they teach a lesson to the whole class. They can also create and publish their own interactive ebooks, lesson plans, or presentations, or show augmented reality pictures or videos to learners.
There are quite a number of videos on the Lifeliqe YouTube channel describing how to make the most of the features, as well as tutorials and classroom tips contained within the product itself. Lifeliqe is integrated into G Suite and Google Classroom for more assessment options, and recently announced a partnership with Unity that will allow learners and educators to create their own VR, AR, and 3D content. Once this is enabled, the project options will be virtually endless.
Lifeliqe is a fantastic option for those who thrive on visual, and even kinesthetic, learning. Since learners can study each model from all angles and from various distances (by rotating, swiping, and zooming), they can focus on the parts of the models that interest them or that are the most relevant to their lesson. The models that include the deep-zoom feature allow learners to learn about the topic as a whole and in more detail, sometimes all the way down to the cellular level. Using these 3D models can help with higher recall, improved test scores, increased attention, and better communication. Many of the models are of the highest quality and would be valuable additions to any lesson, such as the model of the potato beetle. However, Lifeliqe’s extensive catalog also includes many less visually appealing models that are of lower resolution and don’t distinguish detail well. Improving the quality of this lower-quality content would make this service even more valuable.
The included curricula mean learners have access to these immersive 3D experiences across middle and high school education. There are so many models included that learners can easily explore their personal interests while also finishing their lessons. Lifeliqe can be used as a core curriculum or added into existing lessons for new literal perspectives. Since Lifeliqe can be used in English, Spanish, or both at the same time, it’s opened up to some English language learners (ELLs) as well.
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Curriculum and Instruction
Lifeliqe uses visual, and to an extent kinesthetic, learning by putting over 1,100 educational models in front of learners where they can manipulate and interact with them.
Several tutorials and hundreds of lesson plans guide educators through integrating Lifeliqe’s resources into their classroom. Lifeliqe also showcases a bilingual view and the option to create your own notes with every model.