Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Using ZooBurst in the Classroom

It seems like at the start of each school year, there's one new web app that I cannot wait to try with my students. In past years it was Glogster, or Storybird. This year, it's ZooBurst.

ZooBurst creates interactive, 3D pop-up books. In addition to this, it can also be viewed in Augmented Reality mode with the help of a webcam. After printed a special paper from the ZooBurst site, the webcam captures you and "projects" your pop-up book onto the paper you are holding. While this technology is fledgling and not without its major flaws, it is still quite fun to play with, and really lends nicely to the concept of a 3D pop-up book.

Holding my "book" in Augmented Reality

Here is a ZooBurst I made for my team's webpage. I thought this was a much nicer way to provide contact information for parents. The book can be rotated and viewed from different angles by holding down the left mouse button. Clicking on the exclamation points displays the contact info.

I made a tutorial my students when it comes time for them to start their own ZooBursts. Feel free to download and use it in your own classroom!

ZooBurst Tutorial
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2 Responses:

tech carol said...

How did you get your teachers picts into zooburst without a background? Did you take them into photoshop?

Why don't the entire sentences show?Is there a character limit on the narrative?

John Mikulski said...

Hi Carol,

Lots of good questions!

I took the teacher pictures and then edited out the backgrounds using Photoshop Elements. By saving them as a png file, I was able to keep the transparent background without losing any resolution (which sometimes happens if an image is saved as a .gif).

The words written underneath each page can be expanded and viewed in full by clicking on the green center arrow. I don't know if there is a limit for each page, but I agree that only showing the first sentence is a bit strange.

Thanks for reading my blog! If you end up using ZooBurst, I'd love to hear about it!