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Teachers Plan to Teach in 3d


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students wearing 3-D glasses

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Computer scientists at the universities of Hertfordshire and Southern Denmark are on track to finish building technology that would bring virtual reality to Europe's classrooms.

Society has embraced 3-D technologies for entertainment purposes, and it is now time to use 3-D virtual worlds to enhance the learning experience, says David Lee of the Realtime3D team at Hertfordshire. "Education technology will no doubt follow suit in using these innovative technologies that would have a real benefit to everyday lives," Lee says. "So far our research has shown that there is a desire from schools and universities to be able to offer an alternative method of teaching than standard textbook methods, one which brings the classroom to life."

The researchers say the virtual world of 3D has the potential to better engage students by transforming the learning environment. The initiative also will train 100 teachers how to use 3-D virtual worlds in their classrooms.

From University of Hertfordshire
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