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.
<p>Share the same feeling with you.</p>
<p>Sorry--in my previous comment, I accidentally linked to a too-short version of the "kids reaction" video--it should have been this one! <a rel="nofollow" target="_new" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sR_acrZbllU&feature=plcp">www.youtube.com/watch</a></p>
<p>Very eye opening. WWT should be the default tool for science outreach. </p>
<p>You deserve it.</p>
<p>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)<a rel="nofollow" target="_new" href="http://nercel.ccnu.edu.cn/html/news_hot_detail.html?id=299">nercel.ccnu.edu.cn/.../news_hot_detail.html</a></p>
<p>I'd like to devote myself to research on education technology to make each child benefit from it.</p>
<p>More and more kids know WWT in China.....WWT is very popular....</p>