Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tech Tool Tuesday: ZooBurst

 Today's tech tool is ZooBurst, which is an online 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?

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Mrs Poultney said...

Julie, fantastic! I have a special needs student and we make books regularly with her as a way for her to make real life connections. This is great I will be showing her Learning Support Teacher tomorrow! Thanks for sharing
Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

Mission Control said...

Julie, Thank you for the award!
BTW I have another space theme item on my blog.
I know how much you like them.

Kristin said...


New follower here. What neat technology! I hope I'll get a chance to work with it this year. If you have some time, check out my blog. I'm really new to it and would love some followers. :)

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Holly said...

Hi! I'm your newest follower! Thanks for the inspiration! I'm a blogging newbie. Just posted a cool tool tip last night! I think you'd like it! If you have time...hop over!

TammySF. said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! YAY for another NC blogger!!! Here is my email so we can chit chat some more! I'm actually heading out your way on Tuesday with the family. I will be in Mooresville!! Small world:)

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Wild About School! said...

Hi Julie, Just found your 'Hip' blog through the Newbie Blog Hop! I am new to blogging... as in just this week! I have added your blog to my list of ones I am following. Technology is a tool I use daily with my special kiddos and can't wait to try this idea with them when school starts again!
Hop on over to my blog if you get a chance, any suggestions are always welcome!
Remember to stay 'Wild About School!'

Primary Possibilities said...

That's a really neat idea. I found you through the blog hop!

Your newest follower,

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