Looking for a way to test the waters of stereoscopic 3D teaching and learning with your elementary students? Here are a few ways to start integrating the benefits of 3D learning right away:
– 3D Ladibug Document Camera: This dynamic document camera is able to perform all of the basic tasks of a traditional document camera. Plus, it can show objects and manipulatives in anaglyph (red/cyan) and stereoscopic 3D (passive or active) by using the 3D software. In the 3D Ladibug pilot, elementary students were more engaged in lessons and more interested in creating models to use when presenting to the class, creating a more hands-on and collaborative learning environment.
– Presente3D: Most elementary students begin learning to use Microsoft PowerPoint at an early age. When I was a K-5 Technology Specialist, we started using PowerPoint successfully with our first graders. Presente 3D is an add-on to Microsoft PowerPoint, allowing the students to turn their presentations into anaglyph or stereoscopic 3D! By giving students the power to create and present in this intriguing platform, we can increase attention and motivation with our students. Their website offers a free download of Presente3D in demo mode – a great to try out its potential!
– Kid Pix 3D: While Kid Pix has been a staple for student digital artwork for several years, the new version of Kid Pix allow students to create both images and videos in anaglyph 3D. There is even a way for students to record their faces inside of digital costumes, putting themselves right into the 3D action. Kid Pix 3D offers a 15 day free trial of their software here.
– Hasbro My3D: This nifty gadget turns your iPod Touch or iPhone into a 21st Century View Master. By downloading compatible stereoscopic 3D single-player games and interactives, students can have the sensation of immersive experiences like traveling through the Solar System or swimming with sharks.
– 3D Books: Books with anaglyph images are popping up everywhere… and students are captivated by both the pictures and the content. Topics range from space to geography to animals. Look for them at your local bookstore or even the school bookfair. A couple of my students’ favorites are Eye-Popping 3D Pets and Extreme 3-D: Dangerous Animals.
There are so many ways to get started with stereoscopic 3D in the elementary classroom. In addition to these 5 easy-to-get-started resources, there are also great stereoscopic 3D video clips, simulations and interactives available. Look for future posts with more information and recommendations!
Nancye Blair Black is an award-winning educator and impactful educational consultant and speaker. She is the Founder and Chair of ISTE’s Special Interest Group for 3D in Education (SIG3D).