Whitepoint was recently mentioned as an educational technology tool in an article on TechFaster. After reading it, we were reminded of several educational technology uses for the Whitepoint platform.
Educational Technology Applications for the Whitepoint Framework
All of these potential uses are perfect for authoring by both students and teachers as part of the learning process. The subject of the scapes might often be the focus, but the very process of authoring can be valuable in learning as well: Gathering, editing, and managing content can offer great learning opportunities for team building and project management.
Virtual Tours of Historic Places
As an educational technology, the most obvious application for the Whitepoint framework is in building and sharing virtual tours of historic places. Because the Whitepoint platform allows for more than just a virtual tour, there is ample opportunity to leverage smarter touring to make interactive encounters with historic places more meaningful.
Generating interactive maps is also another educational technology use for Whitepoint.
Like a smart tour of any historic site, students can use maps with rich content – images, text, and links to audio or video – to learn more about different regions and the world.
In addition, interactive maps can focus on geographic regions during certain points in history, such as Colonial America or the Byzantine era.
Interactive How To’s and Guides
Both teachers and students can leverage the educational technology potential of Whitepoint in building interactive guides. Step by step instructions on performing tasks or interactive guides illustrating processes – such as photosynthesis – can be powerful tools for learning. Having students construct their own guides is one way to pull in cross-disciplinary learning opportunities.
We’ve written before about Whitepoint as a framework for building and sharing campus tours for students and visitors.
However, the Whitepoint platform can also serve as an educational technology for groups of students in class to build and map tours of their school. In addition to serving as a great orientation tool for new students, this application would provide opportunities for lessons in teamwork, photography, writing, and technology.
Do you have other ideas for Whitepoint as an educational technology? Or, maybe you have questions? We’d love to hear from you.by