The museum class: the very first student exhibition in augmented reality and 3D virtual reality

Jean-Philippe Payer is a social universe teacher at the Odyssée high school. He has just been recognized by the Ken Spencer Prize for Innovation in Teaching for his 3D augmented reality and virtual reality classroom-museum project.

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Jean-Philippe Payer is a social universe teacher at Odyssée high school and we met him during the 37th AQUOPS conference. He has just been recognized by the Ken Spencer Prize for Innovation in Teaching for his 3D augmented reality and virtual reality classroom-museum project.

Text by Alexane St-Amant Ringuette

Jean-Philippe's intention with this project was to motivate his students and integrate knowledge and skills in history interactively. Following a first class-museum experience in 2005-2006, Jean-Philippe enriched the concept by integrating technologies. Students had to choose a historical element and transform it into augmented reality: choosing an image, writing descriptive text, recording audio and audio-video editing using HP Reveal software.  

A meaningful learning context

By embarking on this project with his students, Jean-Philippe was far from suspecting that his museum-class would be reproduced at the Musée de la civilization as part of the very first student exhibition in augmented and virtual reality. More than 2,000 visitors were able to discover the interactive world map and visit heritage places thanks to the incorporation of 3D technology. The audio-video montages have also been translated into three languages in order to be accessible to as many people as possible.

"It started from an idea of a museum class and it has become a concept that can be produced and exported to the world" - Jean-Philippe Payer

Multiple collaborations

This project gave birth to rich collaborations, in particular with the Félix-Leclerc library (use of the Medialab space for the production of audio-video montages), with the company Best Buy (loan of virtual reality headsets) as well as 'with several museums (loan of artifacts). Following the exhibitions, several educational actors have expressed their interest in the project and today, classes from all over the world are participating in the museum class. In order to share their experience, Jean-Philippe's students came up with the idea of creating a website as well as a start-up educational kit translated into five languages.

We invite you to listen to this interview to learn more about this innovative and mobilizing project. To find out more or to also get started on a museum-class project, we invite you to visit the website created by Jean-Philippe and his students!

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Stephanie Dionnehttp://ecolebranchee.com/famille
Stéphanie Dionne is director of development and partnerships, facilitator and speaker. It contributes to the influence of players in the education sector and its ecosystem. In addition, it supports parents, teachers and workers in a mentality of co-education in order to allow young people to become fulfilled citizens in the digital age.