ZooBurst: Create your own free augmented reality books

I blogged too soon in my previous post. Using ZooBurst students can create their very own augmented reality story books/presentations.  ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books. ZooBurst books “live” online and can be experienced on your desktop or laptop computer, or on your iPad via the free ZooBurst mobile app.Using ZooBurst, storytellers of any age can create their own rich worlds in which their fictional or non-fictional stories can come to life.

Below is a ZooBurst story book which my 6 year old daughter created. You can rotate the book to view it from different angles.

Here is a video on how to use ZooBurst.

Readers who have a camera installed on their computer or the app installed on their iPad can experience any ZooBurst book in Augmented Reality. Using a  ZooBurst Story Code (a special printed symbol that uniquely identifies a ZooBurst book, much like how a barcode uniquely identifies a product in a grocery store) a 3D pop-up book “jumps” out of the paper and into the room.  Below is an example of a ZooBurst code.









In addition, the Augmented Reality mode also allows readers the ability to interact with a book using simple gestures. For example, simply waving your hand in front of a book will allow you to turn its pages back and forth. Zac has demonstrated this in the video below:

“As an educational tool, ZooBurst provides students with new ways in which they can tell stories, deliver presentations, write reports and express complex ideas. ZooBurst contains a powerful “classroom management” feature for teachers that lets them easily set up protected, safe spaces for their students. Teachers can assign usernames and passwords to their students without having to input any sensitive or personal information, and can manage and moderate student work in a protected environment” (http://www.zooburst.com/zb_about.php).

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