Tuesday, February 27, 2007

NASA Learning Technologies

NASA Learning Technologies consists of 6 separate areas of learning:

WorldWind 1.4
World Wind lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Leveraging Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data, World Wind lets you experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D, just as if you were really there.

NASA SVS (Scientific Visualization Studio) has a collection of visually intense animations on a global scale as well as a variety of samples up close.

Math Trax
MathTrax is a graphing tool for middle school and high school students to graph equations, physics simulations or plot data files. The graphs have descriptions and sound so you can hear and read about the graph. Blind and low vision users can access visual math data and graph or experiment with equations and datasets. Developers site on Math Trax.

Virtual Lab
Virtual Lab completely emulates a scanning electron microscope and allows any user to zoom and focus into a variety of built-in microscopic samples.

What's The Difference
A highly accessible and a simple to use "compare and contrast" tool for students. It is easily customizable to go well beyond the included module that covers the Solar System. "Solar System Explorer" covers every planet in depth with important facts such as atmosphere, composition, diameter, distance to sun, gravity strength, and simulated views of the surface.

The Celestia Exploration activity - explore outer space.

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