Donald Brittain

Donald Brittain

Donald Brittain is chief software architect for 3D Hub.

Follow @3d_hub

Thursday, 20 February 2014 13:22

3D In The Classroom: A Grand Illusion?

How do you best entrance students in your lessons? The technology for bringing stereoscopic images into lessons is available to teachers, but is it all part of a fad?

As published in the September 2013 edition of our magazine.

When a lesson is presented in stereoscopic 3D, the lesson material appears to physically float or hover in the classroom. This is accomplished by sending differing, carefully defined images to the students’ left and right eyes, and with proper hardware and software these images create very convincing illusions of depth and volume.

Imagine showing a beating heart, or the nucleus and orbiting electrons of an atom, or the dynamic birth of a galaxy, to your students in this manner. The visually engaging, almost visceral 3D experience helps bring the lesson material alive, making it more ‘real’ and memorable.

But there are some people who feel that using 3D in the classroom is simply a gimmick – today’s proverbial ‘shiny object’, just a passing fad. A grand delusion, if you will.

In order to make our website better for you, we use cookies!

Some firefox users may experience missing content, to fix this, click the shield in the top left and "disable tracking protection"