KMi consultant Tammo Freese has developed our first Google Wave ‘gadget’, a version of the virtual microscope due to be used with S276 in 2010. The prototype gadget allows wave participants to jointly rotate the slide image and position a marker on it, future work will involve the development of a ‘robot’ that can be attached to the wave and offer advice.
Google Wave has considerable potential for enhancing distance education, allowing students to collaboratively use maps and virtual science environments such as the OU’s virtual microscope. It would also allow tutors to run online tutorials using the same virtual environments.
For more information on KMi’s gadget project contact Dr Peter Whalley, email@example.com
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