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Creating virtual reality (VR) in your classroom is easier than you think. With free online tools your students can do it for themselves.
Sketchfab is a free online platform for sharing 3D designs and virtual reality art. The wonderful thing about Sketchfab is it allows anyone to create their own VR experiences at a very low cost.
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At Te Papa, we develop opportunities for learners to use technology to create their own responses to the collections and exhibitions. For some of these creative responses students use free 3D design tools such as Tinkercad and SculptGL. We have then been using Sketchfab to turn their creations into VR experiences.
To view 3D models created by students in our Hīnātore | Learning Lab, follow the instructions below.
This vaka was created in Tinkercad by a student inspired by our Tangata o le Moana exhibition as part of our Pacific Explorers learning programme. To view it in virtual reality:
This virtual reality treasure hunt was created by a student using Tinkercad. When you view it with a cardboard VR viewer, activate the button to teleport around and find the stars. To view it in virtual reality:
This virtual reality pou was created in SculptGL by a student in response to traditional Māori carving techniques in the Mana Whenua exhibition at Te Papa. The student created their pou to represent their strengths and their story. They have annotated it using Sketchfab to identify meaning in their creation. To view it in virtual reality:
Real world, tangible outputs help to make learning concrete for students. However, this doesn’t always translate into contemporary practice, can take time that students don’t have, and can require a whole other set of manufacturing skills students haven’t yet learned.
Sketchfab is a gateway tool that puts creative potential into the hands of students. Students can use 3D designs to create their own immersive worlds as virtual reality experiences, complete with annotations and audio.
If the purpose of a learning experience is to communicate ideas, explore design iterations in 3D and share it with others, then using Sketchfab is our favourite tool.