Why don’t we create a museum? (LS-ES-28)

A wonderful idea

One day a question rose in the classroom: Why don’t we create a Museum? The idea was very well received, so we started planning the work. In this activity, in order to develop 21st-century competences and a proficient use of ICT, we want our students to learn how to use the platform Cospaces, additionally with the Cardboard glasses, they will check the results in virtual reality.

A museum, yes, but for what purpose?

In this museum, students will write texts that accompany their works, which will help them to develop language skills: description, orthography, written expression… By using images from the Europeana Collections, we will broaden our knowledge of cultural heritage. The artistic competence comes into play as we enter the process of drafting documents related to the works of the creators, and their artistic manifestations. Paintings, sculptures, architecture, music will form part of this virtual space. In the art section, in Europeana, we may find the not so common or even most unknown works of authors, but within the same style or epoch.

Using 3D to raise interest in mathematics

Cospaces allows for mathematics to be taught in a medium outside the class-book. It offers a place in which elements such as soil, walls, and different details have to be built or added. To perform this task in an acceptable way, you will have to use your spatial vision and have clear concepts of vectors and planes. Working with these vectors can led to future projects on 3D printing. It is highly motivating for students to create a plane figure in ‘xy’ coordinates and them extrude them along the ‘z’ axis to get the three dimensions.

The first part of the project will be dedicated to present the students with Cospaces Edu. Then we will lecture them on copyright and creative commons licences, and how to tackle the variety of them that will appear among their selected materials. The teacher will act as a helper in this part, where students will go on working with computers, downloading images from Europeana and writing a short text with epoch, author… We will share the result of our creation on the center’s website. Children can evaluate their work and watch the results from their peers.

Turning the real world into a virtual museum

The AR feature lets teachers and students create their own content to be explored in augmented reality with the virtual content created in CoSpaces Edu. This new mode will essentially enable turning the real world into a creation stage and adding virtually anything onto it. With Google Cardboard glasses, the AR will be transformed into VR.

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