The field of educational stereoscopic 3D encompasses a wide variety of technological applications practiced by educators worldwide. Widespread applications of stereoscopic 3D technologies are taking place in educational environments around the world, such as K-12 schools, higher education, medical and military training, and museum education programs.
Stereoscopic 3D Technologies can currently be categorized into 3 categories:
Educational Stereoscopic 3D Content:
Ready-to-use videos, simulations and interactive pieces are currently created by over 25 companies, which is 350% increase since January 2010. Many of these content providers, such as Spatial Thinking and Designmate, exhibit at the ISTE conference. In-depth interactives give realistic, larger-than-life “personal learning experiences” that correlate with current brain science and simulate real world experiences.
Stereoscopic 3D Media Creation:
Innovative educators are harnessing the power of emerging 3D technologies for student and class creation of 3D digital media. Some popular applications are:
- Presente 3D – a PowerPoint add-on that allows slide shows to be created and presented in stereo 3D
- Kid Pix 3D – a kid-friendly creation application that allows students to create images and movies in anaglyph 3D
- Leonar3Do – stereoscopic modeling and rendering system
- Unity, Reallusion iClone, EON Creator – applications allowing students to create high-quality 3D movies and video games
- 3D cameras and video cameras (Sony, Fuji, Toshiba and others) – capture stereoscopic 3D images and video, which can be included in presentations and digital media creations like the award-winning video created by Megan Power’s kindergarten class
- Digital storytelling – Using original 3D images or those from 3D image databases like those provided by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, NASA and others, students can use a variety of programs and Web 2.0 apps (like Storyjumper.com) to create digital storybooks with 3D illustrations
Live Stereoscopic 3D:
In addition to pre-made content and digital media creation, educators and students can teach “in depth” during their daily activities by using these 3D tools.
1. 3D Ladibug Document Camera – an innovative tool that provides live stereo 3D content in the classroom, displaying math manipulatives, science experiments, artifacts and other objects.
2. Minoru 3D Webcam – An anaglyph 3D video-conferencing tool