An Example of the 4th Paradigm in Teaching & Learning Practice


As appraised by many leading astronomical researchers, WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is one of the best implementations of Virtual Observatory (VO), or “big data observatory” nowadays. Meanwhile, we also believe that natural user interface (NUI), such as the Kinect device, can be used to enhance the VO experience. As we are exploring how we may put all these together to benefit our data- and information-intensive research, kids are picking up these technologies naturally in their classrooms. Watch this video and see how WWT and Kinect are making an impact in a middle school in China. The smile on that little girl as she ‘navigates in the universe’ makes me feel really good about doing my job.

WWT-Kinect for kids.mp4


Comments (6)

  1. Anonymous says:

    You deserve it.

    Students can interact with the universe by seeing, hearing, touching and searching based on the scientific data in WWT. Here is   another new about this class (Chinese)nercel.ccnu.edu.cn/…/news_hot_detail.html

    I'd like to devote myself to research on education  technology to make each child benefit from it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Very eye opening. WWT should be the default tool for science outreach.

  3. Anonymous says:

    More and more kids know WWT in China…..WWT  is very popular….

  4. Chenzhou says:

    Share the same feeling with you.

  5. Alyssa Goodman says:

    Sorry–in my previous comment, I accidentally linked to a too-short version of the "kids reaction" video–it should have been this one! http://www.youtube.com/watch