OASiS's innovative model 'The Museum School' has been using Museums as Schools, their Exhibits as Teaching Aids, and Subject Experts at Museums as Teachers. It won'UNESCO's Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation in Asia and the Pacific 2016'. Now, OASiS wishes to take this proven approach to children across the World through its 'Virtual Museum School (ViMS)'. All children get glued to TV and Movies, as it takes them to a different world. They easily understand movies, remember all dialogues, songs and dances, without any help from a Teacher. What if if every class too became a Movie? What if sitting in their own classrooms, they can enter a virtual world in 3D, that takes them to a Science Museum to understand Science, to Heritage sites to understand History, and to a Forest to study environment, from Teachers in their own language?ViMS is using 3D filming technology to record such classes in a structured manner, and take them to the children in schools, using Projectors and 3D glasses. Every video will be mapped to curriculum of existing grades and subjects, and audio translated to local languages. So while the 3D videos become tools for teachers in schools, they will become self-learning material for home-schoolers and schools without Teachers. Using 3D technology for education, ViMS will expose all children to the world virtually, and give complete knowledge through quality Teaching Aids and Teachers, thus 'ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all' (SDG Goal).
The proprietary nature lies in using Museums as Virtual Schools, and using 3D technology, to make education interesting and desirable for all children. Knowledge acquisition in a child begins, when he asks a question, opening his mind to accepting answers. This inquisitiveness in the child, gets sparked from his exposure to strange surroundings, and his observation from it. The first step to education is therefore 'Exposure'. While most existing solutions use classroom approach, whiteboard and animated teaching in videos, they do not change the environment of the child or expose him to different surroundings. Can a child be exposed to different surroundings, without physically moving him? We found the answer in 3D, that makes every viewer feel part of the environment. Also every viewer, wherever he is seated finds objects popping out of the screen and coming equally close to him. We found that despite the smartest classrooms, back bench students were not attentive, as they were at a distance from the Screen and Teacher. Therefore using 3D technology to change the environment of the child, Teaching Aids popping out to every student, and our time-tested Museum based approach to teaching, we designed the Virtual Museum School (ViMS).