Students help develop 3D app

Students at Ormiston Shelfield community academy in the west Midlands are helping to share the experience of life in the First World War trenches after working with a software firm to design a new educational computer resource.

The Gaia 3D Virtual Trench app, a simulation of life in the trenches, was created by software development company Gaia Technologies with help from the Walsall students.

It uses a game-based platform to provide cross-curricular opportunities for learning about the 1914-18 period.

Michael Murphy, 3D learning leader at Ormiston Shelfield, said: “Teaching in 3D eradicates the time lost in lessons. I can teach 30 per cent more than I can in a normal classroom.

“The students here really benefited from working with the team at Gaia to help develop the app – and form the finished product.”

Pic: Laura Westwood (centre), Year 9, and peers at Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy using the 3D technology in a history lesson, exploring the trench software