Vintage VR (LS-ES-14)

Rafael Montero, Europeana Ambassador for Spain, developed this learning scenario, which is an excellent example of how we can benefit from the curated datasets of Europeana in the classroom. Rafael prepared an interdisciplinary project that combines do-it-yourself (DIY) activities, virtual reality and architecture.

This is a good opportunity for technology and social science teachers to collaborate in your school! The goal is to produce an exhibition, where attendants can view stereoscopic images of monuments and buildings from the 19th century, in 3D.

Rafael makes use of the “Vintage stereoscope cards” curated dataset from Europeana. This stereoscopic image collection makes it possible to do time-travel of various architectural styles in 19th century’s Europe. Rafael uses this collection to teach about architectural styles, as well as building your own VR glasses. Here you can watch how to make your own VR headset from cardboard.

In this project-based learning scenario, students start out by working in groups on 2-3 stereoscopic images, and produce a poster explaining the monuments depicted on each image, and their architectural style. The posters can also be enriched with QR codes.

The teacher then explains how stereoscopy works and mentors the students in the process of building cardboard headsets. The highlight of the project is the exhibition, where the posters are exhibited to the educational community of the school.

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