Firstly, have a look at the TED video by Blaise Aguera Y Arcas who is a really good example of the state-of-the-art  software developers who are working on augmented reality and 3D imaging that will be transforming education and indeed our view of the world in the future.

The thing about Photsynth for me is the fact that it throws up the central problem that the current world of education is going to have to tackle… how we can continue with the structures of education.. the Victorian classrooms, the textbook dominated pedagogy, when there are things like photosynth, not just on the horizon, but actually here now!

I was actually impressed the most at the start of the video when Blaise was zooming around the numerous shrunken photos and he went to one that became the whole of Dickens’ book “Hard Times”.

I investigated this further from the comments on the TED site  and found a link to Hard Rock  who have an excellent use of the multi-images idea shown in this film. Go to

I just wondered how teachers would make use of a resource like this. I found myself immersed in looking at images of the rock stars and then looking very closely at the Red Indian coat worn by Jimi Hendrix in the 60’s… there was an accompanying explanation which may have led me on to many areas of investigation. This is where I find the current power of the internet so exciting and so different from the textbook world that I grew up in and was “educated” in.

Enjoy the video and the brilliant hard Rock photos.. I would be interested in your feedback on this.

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About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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