Using 3D to Good Effects in Teaching

Using 3D to Good Effects in Teaching

It’s not often that I see something that just makes me pause and wonder in amazement, but a few days ago, I came across a short video that did just that.

It is by quite a famous Swedish statistician called Hans Rosling. Take a look at the video at the top of this page.

Now, you may wonder why I was so amazed… It is simply because with the help of 3D graphics and Visual Effects, he (with the help of the BBC) has managed to get across a point which would have otherwise been difficult to grasp – especially if you were looking at a whole load of numbers!

This just illustrate how much more fun and easy we could make the teaching of difficult topics and concepts if we used more 3D techniques to do so.

Here is another example by the BBC, which was published last week. It basically shows in 3D, how the gravity pull works on our planet and where it is felt more strongly. Again, the image paints a thousand words and makes the whole thing really easy to grasp. I really wish I had more of that sort of stuff when I was struggling through my Physics classes! And because I think it is so fascinating, here is an image of it.

Finally, I will leave you with my favourite example of how 3D can be used to such good effects in teaching. Not sure how many of you did biology at school, but no doubt many of you will remember being taught about the concept of the sensory and motor homunculi. One of the official explanation for this concept is as follows: “The homunculus is commonly used to describe the distorted human figure drawn to reflect the relative sensory space our body parts occupy on the cerebral cortex. The lips, hands, feet and sex organs are considerably more sensitive than other parts of the body, so the homunculus has grossly large lips, hands and genitals. Well known in the field of neurology, this is also commonly called 'the little man inside the brain”.

Now, that you have read this explanation, take a look at the image below… Which, of the image or the text, do you think explains it best?

Do send me your examples if you have any – I would love to see them.

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  • Carlos Lora:

    This is great!

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