Updated 10/12/2012 05:00 AM
State of Education: Biology students using 3D technology in the classroom
Students are Broadalbin-Perth High School are using 3D technology to learn. Vince Gallagher has the details.
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The shades are on during this biology class at Broadalbin-Perth High School. The reason...3D technology.
Biology teach Brian Henry said, "It's been nothing short of spectacular in regards to teaching certain elements of biology and allowing students to view it in a completely different world."
Students viewed three dimensional models and instructional videos featuring, for example, the pumping of a human heart or photosynthesis.
Henry said, "The images pop out at them. They can almost reach out and touch them, and they are completely engaged from the minute they put their glasses on to the time the bell rings, and from an education standpoint you can't ask for anything more than that."
And that seems to be the case here. Upon first look, it's obviously different than a traditional learning tool we all know - the textbook.
Student Cody Husek said, "Being handed a diagram on a piece of paper and you're expected to look at it hard and look at the ventricles, I think it's a lot easier to get something out of it when you can see it on three dimension with something like this."
Henry said, "When you throw a 3D projection out there and the animations come to life, all of a sudden those kids that weren't engaged at one point are the first ones raising their hands, what's this all about, can we do this, etc."
Along with the visuals, this program also speaks for itself.
Each unit is on "loan" for participating schools across the state , and then they are returned to the district's regional information center. For a school to own one, they run about $16,000 each. But as advanced as this is, it's also the world we live in.
Student Matthew Dyer said, "Right now the big thing is technology, and I think a lot of kids are going to end up working very closely with technology so it's quite important."
It can also help their student career.
"This type of technology has actually helped in student attendance and an increase with overall grades," said Henry. "There seems to be a lot positives coming out in using this technology."
So with this type of science, there's more than meets the eye.