Lessons go 3D

| November 17, 2010

A pilot programme in North Texas schools incorporates projectors and three-dimensional, interactive, computer driven content into the learning environment.

The programme is driven by Texas Instruments (TI), and early research results indicate that students grasp 3D classroom content much faster and better than conventionally produced content. At Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet Elementary school, children saw the sun, planets and asteroids orbiting gently through the classroom air, giving rise to a spirited question and answer session.

The technology used in the pilot comprises a projector and electronic ‘shutter glasses’ producing sharp visuals. But the jury’s out on whether it will become part of mainstream classroom instruction. Those in favour point to the need to entertain and educate children who are increasingly used to seeing 3D stories on the silver screen. Sceptic Thomas Reeves, Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia’s Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology, says: “I think that in the hands of a stimulating teacher who can provide the proper give-andtake, a tool like this could be useful. But is the cost of it justified?”

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Category: e-Education, Summer 2010

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