The “Vintage VR” learning scenario created by Rafael Montero, Europeana Ambassador for Spain, enables students to experience augmented reality by viewing stereoscopic 3D images of Europeana, reflecting on the past through the lens of technology.
My name is Ana Paula Alves, I’m a maths teacher, so I used this learning scenario to spread Europeana to teachers and their students from my school. I planned, with my colleagues, a lesson for a History class, two sessions (100 minutes), with the participation of 25 students, 9th-grade class (13 – 15 years).
Using stereoscopic 3D images of Europeana
For this scenario, students could use tablets, mobile phones, and glasses of Augmented Reality available in the “Learning Studio” of the school.
First, I presented the Europeana portal to the teachers and students and explained how to search for information, sharing the benefits of this project. Second, we wanted students to experiment with the 3D glasses, looking at stereoscopic 3D images from Europeana, using the procedures of the video “How to use the glasses of Virtual Reality?“. Next, they have to know about these images, researching and writing information about each of them. Finally, they would have a Padlet with 3D images of Europeana with captions and comments made by each group.
1. We presented the activity to the class and the groups were formed. We put all the information and links in a Padlet and the students could access with their mobile phones and tablets.
2. Each group selected 2 cards / stereoscopic images from the Europeana website.
3. They saved these images on their smartphones.
4. They watched the images through the 3D glasses using their smartphones.
5. What images did you observe? What do the images are about? The students search and retrieved information and post the 2 images to Padlet and included a caption in Portuguese. The students commented on each other’s images.
6. In the end, they watched the video “How to make a VR Cardboard Easy” and a demonstration of the construction with cards already prepared. Students could create their own VR glasses on cardboard at home.
Students and teachers were very pleased with these activities. They didn’t know about the Europeana platform and they expressed interest to try and explore new scenarios with Europeana. This activity will be repeated to other students and teachers of the school.
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Vintage VR created by Rafael Montero
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