Wednesday, December 26, 2012

ZooBurst, Viritual Pop-Up Books

Hello!  This is Julie from The Hip Teacher, sharing one of my favorite technology tools.

Today I am writing about ZooBurst, a site where students can make virtual pop-up books.
The basic ZooBurst site is free, but you can pay for an upgraded version or a school license.  The free account includes up to 10 created books, so students would have to collaborate if you were using the free version in your classroom.

It can be used as a presentation tool for young students.  There is a library of pictures to choose from, or you can upload your own.  Clicking on the arrow turns the "page" and then the pictures pop up.  The little speech bubbles can be clicked on in order to share more information.

I like ZooBurst because it can get young students using Web 2.0 tools.  They can easily write stories and add pictures.  If you have a SmartBoard, students can share their books with the class.  The stories could even be a part of a reading center at the Smart Board!

Here is my favorite part about ZooBurst...the upgraded versions have the capability of using Augmented Reality (this used to be free-I was disappointed that it isn't anymore).
How cool is this?  A student holds the QR code in front of the webcam, and then it looks like the student is holding the book!  Obviously we had some difficulty with holding the code still, but you get the idea.  I just think this site would motivate students to want to write and share stories.

The upgraded versions also allow students to record themselves reading the story.  This would be great for fluency practice!

What other ways would you use this site? Pin It

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