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  Feature Name: Zooming-in: From the big picture to the details
Author: Tamar, Yaakov, Yael, Suki

Category: Visualization Tools (pre-designed)

Subject: Earth sciences

Kind: Element/Applet

 Elementary School
 Middle School
 High School
 Higher Education
 Teachers & Principals


Software URL: WISE

Created by: Keisha Varma

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This Feature is connected to (2) Principles
  • Enable students to relate between micro and macro levels of phenomena
  • Connect to personally relevant contexts
    Feature in Visual Map
    This feature is an interactive picture illustrating Mammoth Mountain in California. The picture has two interactive hot spots that enable students to zoom in on two different parts of the mountain. Each zoom produces a pop-up picture of the type of rock that exists at that place on the mountain, and includes a more detailed picture of the rock and its name.
    The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
    Zooming in can help learners make connections between the big picture (the mountain) and relevant details within the picture. It shows component parts of the whole picture, which the human eye cant see without assistance. In addition, by starting with the ‘big picture’ of the mountain and then zooming in, this feature helps frame the entire activity in a familiar context.
    Context of Use:
    This feature is part of a TELS project called Rock cycle (#15815)
    Field-based Evidence:
    This feature was quite effective in the classroom. We are in the process of adding this feature to another step.

    Image:(Click to enlarge)