Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Infoshare - TCEA 2012 - Zooburst

Continuing the TCEA theme, today's post follows with a Web 2.0 site that is great for any level, even if it looks elementary at first glance. ZooBurst is a free website that allows users to create 3D pop-up books using nothing more than public domain clip art and ZooBurst's web-based editing tools. 
Users can view ZooBurst 3D books online as long as your web browser has Flash.  The books can be rotated in the 3D environment, and images on the book can be clicked to open additional information for each.  [Check out the gallery for examples.]

While anyone can view the books already created, to create your own, teachers must submit a short request form to have a free account created. Teachers can also create accounts for their students. After a book has been started, the user can edit the pop-up book's page and background.  Images can be uploaded to be placed on specific pages, then resized and placed in the forefront or background of the scene.  Text can be added to each page, with word balloons to each specific image.  To create a book in augmented reality, enable the webcam, then click the ZB button present on each story.  Once a book as been created, you can share it with a web link or embed it in a web page. 

Classroom Integration Ideas:

  • Students can create a pop-up book for a historical or literary character
  • Teachers could create a book for a specific event or holiday 
  • Make a tutorial book on a given topic 
  • Middle school and high school students can create biographical projects
  • Creative writing projects for any grade level


  1. This might be great to do a research presentation as a product of research that students have completed previously. It might also work for specific skills such as summary, chronology or even vocabulary.

  2. First graders on our campus are researching former presidents. I could see this being used as a fun and informative presentation tool.