Posts Tagged ‘interactive’

PostHeaderIcon The Next Generation Book

Al Gore’s follow up to An Inconvenient Truth is called Our Choice. However, why create a traditional book? Along comes Push Pop Press and Charlie Melter (sp?) with the first feature length interactive books.  This book is a perfect book the explore interactivity in books.  The book details all the solutions for the environment challenges on Earth today.

This video comes from Ted: Ideas Worth Spreading and is a mere 6 minutes long and features Mike Matas explaining how the book will function and read. Over an hour of documentary footage with be included in Our Choice. You can use gestures inherent in iOS. It shows and explores how the information impacts regions in real time.  I think we really do need to think of interactive books as separate entities.  Traditional books are good at what they are trying to accomplish.  However, there is so much more that can be conveyed in this medium.  The book almost functions as a pathfinder and collage of different media, pictures, and text.  It is not a book that needs to be read the whole way through, but can.  It is a bit like a personalized book….or at least what a personalized book looks like today.

There are some new features within this book (it does help that Mr. Matas worked on the interfaces and artwork for the iOS).   As you can see from the picture at the left, one of the interactive components is the ability of the user to blow into the iPad/iPhone/iTouch and it shows the impact of wind energy.  Think about the possibilities of interactivity.  I am excited to see what Mr. Matas has up his sleeve for fiction books.  Please note:  It currently works with iPhone and iPad but I wonder about Android products.

About Mike Matas (from Ted: Ideas Worth Spreading)

“Mike Matas has worked on some of the most intriguing tech projects of the past 10 years. As a (surprisingly) young coder, he co-founded Delicious Monster, makers of the elegant cataloging tool Delicious Library. In 2005, he went to work for Apple, where he designed user interfaces and artwork for the iPhone, the iPad and Mac OS X.

Now he’s the co-founder of Push Pop Press, a new digital publishing company.  Push Pop’s first title is Al Gore’s “Our Choice,” playable on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.”


PostHeaderIcon Glogster EDU

I have to admit that I am a bit late on the Glogster wagon.  I have not used it as I had not yet had projects in my elementary library classes to use it.  I am also not in a 1-to-1 situation yet so sharing computers is challenging.  Well today I decided to bite the bullet and do a little playing around the Edu version of Glogster.  I have to say I am loving it.  The interactivity and visuals are great.

I would love to introduce my teachers to an alternative to the poster and any number of mobiles and such.  A glog is so much more engaging for students because they can add the media they enjoy such as videos and animated graphics.  I think glogster alows students to be creative in a new medium.

I am currently using it as a site map of sorts for my library homepage.  I have bitten the bullet and decided to create modern pathfinders to aid teachers and students to great multimedia resources.  It is a great site map and quite a bit easier to create than those of the past.  I do wonder how compatible they are with screen readers for the blind.  If anyone is aware of the status on that please let me know.

Uploading is not a problem in Glogster.  Multimedia files, images, videos, audio are all supported.  You can even pull in videos by recording them in realtime while in glogster (video, image, and audio).  There are selections of graphics, text, image, video, sound, data, draw, and wall (wallpaper/background).  However, the draw feature is a premium feature that one must pay for.  I did not miss it while creating my pathfinder.  One could just use paint or another website to create hand-drawn items and then upload the image file.

Here is the one that I am in the middle of creating:

PostHeaderIcon Rock and Weathering Site

Rocks and Weathering

I discovered an interactive video called Rocks and Weathering on BBC (thanks Free Technology For Teachers).  It really goes through the rock cycle extremely concisely and even includes some interactive features.  This would work great on a SMART Board or any interactive white board.   This would be a great addition for a lesson on the rock cycle.  It also includes multiple choice questions at the end for review.

Each type of rock is explained: sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks.  When explaining each rock, students can create and inspect (magnifying glass) the rocks.  Creation is accomplished by compacting (sedimentary),  adding water (igneous) to cool the lava.  In the final animation, students can destroy rocks by weathering and erosion.  The video also explains the difference between the two.  Finally the entire rock cycle is reviewed as a cycle which shows rocks as more than just lumps of minerals.


PostHeaderIcon Animal Alphabet


Bembo’s Zoo


This site is a fabulous website for alphabet recognition and a bit of an education in animals.  Each letter is represented by a letter which transforms (via flash) into a letter animal starting with that letter.  It is based on a book called Bembo’s Zoo.  If you look on Youtube, there are many people who have copied the style for new letters and animals.  Included also is the sound the animal would make.  This also works beautifully on a Smartboard.

Applications: Ways to aid students’ understanding of the alphabet as well as having students create their own Bembo’s Zoo.

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