Monday, June 13, 2011

Nonfiction Monday: 3-D Dinosaur

3-D Dinosaur
written by John Woodward
(DK Publishing) 2011
Source: Book provided by the publisher

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DK Augmented Reality books are books that, through the use of a webcam, provide an enriched reading experience. In the case of 3-D Dinosaur, you can see and manipulate moving images of dinosaurs on your computer. Here is how it works: 1. Download the software. The website is included with the book. It took my computer about 4 minutes to download. You should have a computer that is only a couple of years old at the max. 2. Turn your webcam on. Then you hold specially marked pages in front of your webcam and the graphics spring to life. You need to hold the book several inches away from your computer and wait a couple of seconds. An image will appear to let you know that the animation is about to begin. It was fun to move the dinosaurs around and get a 360 glimpse of their bodies. This is pretty cool with great potential in the future. It's another way to hook kids into reading.

As for the text, it is what you expect with a DK Publishing book. Great pictures and tons of informational text with coverage of about every angle of dinosaurs. This book would make a great gift for a dinosaur loving kid.

In the classroom, I would show a couple of pages to model an example of how you can write informational text. There are a lot of inserts and labels to help present the information.


  1. Great to see you back! Hope you're well rested.


  2. Thanks, Sophia! I really appreciate your kind words. It's good to be back.


  3. Very interesting concept DK has developed with adding computer capability to a book. I can see it could have a lot of potential, combining the best of both worlds.

    Thanks for trying it out.

  4. Roberta, thanks for stopping by! It will be interesting to see what happens with this technology.


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