Teaching Above the Line with ZooBurst
Some of our second grade students in recently published some amazing augmented reality 3D pop-up books using a website called ZooBurst.
We began with an existing writing assignment where the students wrote their own Gingerbread stories and made paper pop-up books. Making use of augmented reality allowed us to completely redefine the original assignment. Students were able to include voice overs and sound effects, and the pop-up books have been shared effortlessly with family and friends, near and far.
Redefining a Project
The students were able to bring audio enhancements to their pop-up books by adding character voices and sound effects to their stories. This required the students to think carefully about their characters - how should they sound? They also got some good fluency practice while rehearsing their parts.
The teacher collected images for the students to use and uploaded them to the class media library - another great feature of ZooBurst. This provided the students with more time to work on their projects.
Image created by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D. http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/
When students know their work will be read and appreciated by others, they work extra hard to make sure their writing is the best. The enthusiasm and engagement with these books is evident by watching these partners working together:
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ZooBurst pop-ups are are great addition to our collection of digital storytelling tools, and I'm looking forward to working with more teachers to make use of this versatile application.