3-D Projection in K-12 Schools

Patricia Hawke

In Dallas, Texas public schools are trying new ways to get the students to pay attention. In a world now full of many distractions, teachers aren’t just concerned of students talking to their peers during a lecture. There are many ore distractions that come along with being a child of the 21st century. Not only do the students get distracted from their friends in class, but also passing note in class has turned into texting during class. With texting during class it is a bit more discreet than the folder paper note the kids used to ass back and forth during boring school lectures. Students now have access to Internet on their phones, which also raises many concerns for teachers. They can Google answers for tests or cut corners on assignments that the teacher meant for brainstorming. As wonderful as the 21st century technology is, it creates a world of troubles for the teachers to control their students.
By adding 3-D projection technology into school lectures and lesson plans, the students will be awed and excited to learn.  What’s great is by adding this new technology into school classrooms; the students will pay more attention and therefore, learn more. It will help the students understand better the concept the teachers are teaching. In Richardson Independent School District, they have implemented these new 3-D projectors and content in their schools. These projectors project 3-D images such as a solar system and are controlled by a computer and the teacher can take the kids on a 3-D virtual tour of the solar system. They can go on a virtual ride through an orbit, “grab” comets and teach about the Astronomy subject in a fun and interactive way. Each student gets a pair of 3-D glasses and they feel that it is exciting and fun way to learn.
In other North Texas schools they are bringing their Anatomy classes to life with images of virtual floating 3-D heads that the teachers can take their students on an exploration of each part of the head, ear, nose, mouth, eyes and more just by controlling the 3-D projection from her computer. This is a whole new kind of teaching and the students are responding great to it.
The program is putting projectors, content and glasses in eight public schools districts in five states to test out this new form of learning. It seems that there is no way that this new way of teaching can fail. Students are interacting more with the teachers, asking more questions and are intrigued during lesson plans. Instead of the old ways of sitting in their desk, taking notes and listening to a monotone lecture, the students now can interact and have fun while learning. It’s a far more effective form of teaching and with new technological advances, the schools need to update too. There are so many technological devices that can benefit the students f the 21st century and if the schools want to keep their kids challenged and their school ratings up, its best to ad these advances into their own schools!
In a world of technology our school classrooms need to keep up. As much as technology is used on an everyday basis with students outside of school, its very important to keep the kids attention by implementing a lot of technology into the classrooms. As much as classroom technology has been improving over the years, it is not improving fast enough. Schools need to focus on presenting lesson plans, labs and class work with as much updated technology as possible to keep the kids challenged.
Patricia Hawke is a staff writer for Schools K-12, providing free, in-depth reports on all U.S. public and private K-12 schools. Patricia has a nose for research and writes stimulating news and views on school issues. For more information on Dallas schools visit Dallas School Rankings and Public School Rankings