Implementation of ‘Vintage VR’ (SOI-PL-05)

When you hear the word technology, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? The Internet, digital devices, screens? Let’s go centuries back when everything started… to the 19th century. This learning scenario gives your students an opportunity to feel what it would be like without electricity.

This learning scenario, created by Rafael Montero, Europeana Ambassador, combines technology and social science and makes use of stereoscopic images from Europeana Collections.

My name is Ryszard Markowicz and I work as a math and ICT teacher so the choice of the learning scenario was obvious. First of all, I presented the project and divided students into groups. Every group had to choose 2 stereoscopic images from Europeana using this link.

Students discovering the Europeana platform

Next students searched for info on the architectural style presented in the image and produced posters explaining what can be seen in the images. We also enriched posters with QR codes linked to posts in Wikipedia for deeper understanding of the history or context of the image. It took us 3 lessons (3 x 45 min).

The next step was to build VR glasses. So I projected the “How to make a Cardboard VR Easy” video to students and gave them the materials needed in order for each group to begin working. Students built one Cardboard VR per group.

This month we are creating an exhibition in our school with the posters and the cardboard VRs. This exibition will be a very important part of the 5th Science Festival during the STEM Discovery Week in April.

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