Interactive Lab Brings Nature to the Classroom

Viewpoint Corp., a provider of digital marketing technologies and services for marketing and selling on the Web, and Edulink, an Internet educational provider, have signed an agreement to develop ongoing educational and distance learning programs using Viewpoint Experience Technology (VET). The first project consists of a rich media presentation designed to bring science to life in the classroom with an interactive 3-D lab. These advanced learning tools will enable children to conduct virtual science experiments and activities that add dimension and a new kind of involvement to the learning experience.

Students will be able to familiarize themselves with different climate zones, see the effects that different environments have on trees, as well as examine hydration and tree growth with a streaming AVI video that follows the process. With a 3-D virtual microscope, students can examine a tree's ring segments, magnify them and zoom into the tree structure itself. Viewpoint technology allows students to virtually stain a slide with iodine and watch how it affects a sample of the tree segment. In addition, Viewpoint-powered 3-D games are incorporated to teach students how to recognize the components of a tree ring segment by correctly assembling the ring from inside out while manipulating the tree ring throughout all phases of assembly. Viewpoint Corp., New York, NY, www.viewpoint.com.

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/2001 issue of THE Journal.

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