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WorldWide Telescope Module 1. Module name: WorldWide Telescope (WWT) 2.

Scope: This module covers use of the WorldWide Telescope to engage students in several activities: planet exploration, finding constellations, finding nebula, etc. The students will be introduced to some of the computational concepts behind the WorldWide Telescope. This module is intended to be used in formal or informal class sessions, or for independent study. 3. Learning objectives: This module will be used to encourage students to study the use of digital information. At the end of this module the users should: a. Be capable of using the WWT to: i. Explore/browse the solar system. ii. Search and find outer space objects (e.g., stars, galaxies). b. Be able to explain how information is stored, gathered, and searched within WWT. c. Be able to explain how WWT uses the information to build visualizations of planets, stars, etc. 4. 5S characteristics of the module (streams, structures, spaces, scenarios, societies) ● Streams: WWT stores and uses different types of data (images, text, and audio) to allow the users to navigate through planetary objects. ● Structures: WWT use a taxonomy to categorize and organize data about planets, stars, galaxies. Information about planets, stars, etc. are stored locally in plain text files as well as some images. URLs where the space catalog can be found are stored in XML files. ● Spaces: WWT is used to provide the user a high fidelity visualization of the sky. WWT will manipulate large spatial data stored in files and build a visualization based on it. ● Scenarios: WWT can be used in the classroom as a teaching resource for astronomy. It also can be used as a tool to explain how information is stored and retrieved in WWTlike systems. It can be used by anyone curious about the sky to learn/explore. ● Society: WWT makes astronomy and space information available to more people. 5. Level of effort required (in-class and out-of-class time required for students): ● In-class: 20-30 minutes, group activity. ● Out-class: WWT can be used through a browser or with an even more functional client for Windows. Students can explore the tool further: 6. Relationships with other modules (flow between modules): This module can be used with other modules that are prepared to inspire students to explore different areas of computing, like multimedia. 7. Prerequisite knowledge/skills required (what the students need to know prior to beginning the module; completion optional; complete only if prerequisite knowledge/skills are not included in other modules) The user should already have some previous notions about:

WWT goals are: “To aggregate scientific data from major telescopes. ● Navigate with a XBOX 360 controller by connecting it before launching. etc. satellite.0 visualization software environment developed by Microsoft that simulates a virtual telescope in your computer. immersive. and computational science”. Double-clicking the object’s thumbnail jumps you to the object. and institutions and make temporal and multi-spectral studies available through a single. rich media experience delivered over the Internet ”. cohesive Internet–based portal” “To stimulate interest in science among younger generations. WWT collects a huge amount of data ( c. ● Zoom in/out by scrolling the mouse wheel. ● Page through multiple thumbnail panes with the scroll wheel ● Right-click an object to display the contextual Finder Scope for more information. While some of this may be second nature. ● Menu Tabs have two parts: click the tab’s top to open a pane.worldwidetelescope. an outline that could be used as the basis for class lectures) a. click the tab’s bottom to open submenus with additional functionality. Using WWT When you first enter the tool. Body of knowledge (theory + practice. become familiar with the following feature: Navigating in the WorldWide Telescope: ● Move around the sky by clicking and dragging the Field of View. etc.● ● Astronomy (planet. robotic vehicles sent to explore Mars. scientific discovery. galaxy. b. Computing Concepts behind WWT .org/webclient/ The Windows client downloadable at: http://www. d. information. Accessing WWT The web client can be accessed at: http://www.) 8.) Instruments used to explore the sky (telescope. providing a compelling base for teaching astronomy. completion optional): N/A 9. pressing -/+ or Page Up/Page Down. a window pops up informing you how to navigate the system. ● Click an object’s thumbnail to pan to the object. and stories) from multiple sources into “a seamless. observatories. Introductory remedial instruction (the body of knowledge to be taught for the prerequisite knowledge/skills required.worldwidetelescope. constellation. About WWT [4] The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a Web 2. ● Drag with center mouse button or hold Ctrl while dragging to rotate and tilt view.

.aspx.html . ● All should get background and an introduction: About info. ○ The Windows client has more features than the web-client. retrieval. including tours and how students/teachers can make them: http://www.ted. coordinates) in the galaxy.aspx ○ Wong on Learning: WWT Contextual Narratives: http://adsabs. stars.worldwidetelescope.worldwidetelescope.. representation. names. Guided Tours: ○ http://www. …: http://research. There is not a Mac client.aspx?Page=Overview ○ http://www. stars ( Microsoft Silverlight needs to be installed in the machine if web-clients are used. etc. and Videos. It has a web-client. Numerical Analysis ○ Curve fitting: orbits of planets 10. search.● ● ● ● Data & Information: ○ Information ○ where you can find different types of resources: ○ Class supplement: ■ WorldWide Telescope High School Curricular & Instructional Guide ■ WorldWide Telescope Middle School Curricular & Instructional Guide ○ Developers guide: http://www. ○ Gather information about planets.aspx?Page=Tours ○ See also YouTube entries. Animations of planets. Resources (required readings for students. additional suggested readings for instructor and students) ● The software is available at: http://www. Videos. Mac users may use the web-client.. Exercises / Learning activities ..TED talk preview discussing its potential ○ Microsoft Research related projects and their descriptions:Terapixel. modeling.aspx?Page=DevelopersP rogram 11.. ○ Store data in a structured way (XML files) Information Visualization ○ Visual Mapping ○ Scaling large dataset: zooming and panning ○ Contextual navigation Computer Graphics ○ Images.g.22W&link_type=ARTICLE ● WorldWide Telescope Academic Program: ○ The Windows client can be downloaded and

explore image crossfade. galaxies. find information on objects outside of .Set ‘Imagery’ to ‘Opportunity: Lyell’ (at the lower left corner) Q: How far can you backtrack the path of Opportunity? Search for constellations and nebula.Use ‘Search’ to find nebula inside the Aquarius constellation. Microsoft Research Terapixel … Q: Does WWT know where to place the stars.Within Finderscope go to ‘Research’ > ‘Information’ > ‘Wikipedia’ Q: How far (in light years) is the Aquarius constellation nebula from us? d. Medium: Find the Grand Canyon of Mars Look at Mars sites explored by Opportunity (robotic vehicle on Mars).Explore with Opportunity ..Check the ‘plot’ box to identify that nebula from far away. For everyone: Overview of how data are stored and retrieved in WWT.a. Evaluation of learning objective achievement Exercise a is intended to guide the user to explore and navigate the sky using WWT Exercise b goal is to show the user how to perform deeper exploration within WWT.? .Set ‘Imagery’ to ‘Mars’ (at the lower left corner) b. can search on WWW for answers. Q: What is the name of that nebula? c. . Also.aspx?Q=CommonStars Q: Can you guess the heading/label for each column? 12. Exercise c will show how to get additional information about spatial object from external sources. Hard: Explore Mars. XML files. . Excel files Q: To plot the stars.g. Easy: Find the Grand canyon of Mars . . etc.Set ‘Look at’ to ‘Planet’ (at the lower left corner) . .worldwidetelescope. e.Various ways of storing structured data: Database.Open another Internet Explorer and type this http://www.Set ‘Look at’ to ‘Panorama’ (at the lower left corner) .Use ‘Finderscope’ (right click on the view) to find more information on the object. etc. find planetary objects. what information do you need to store? . Brainstorming activity on how WWT knows about all the planets etc. .

csc. Edward A. “Integrated Digital Media Curriculum Development Project” Supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.worldwidetelescope.sfu.html [2] Ze-Nian Li and Mark S. 13.wfu. reviewers of module) Eric Fouh. provides information and publications about British Columbia. Additional useful links http://www. [3] Multimedia Systems course website. from Jan 2004 Dec 2006. Monika Akbar. Contributors (authors of a collection of all videos about Canada. Fox (revised 1/24/2012) References: [1] Yue-Ling Wong.html [4] http://www. 15.cs.uvic.astronomynotes. “Fundamentals of Multimedia” at Drew. URL: Formerly available at maintained by Nick Strobel faculty at Bakersfield College Physical Science Dept. Jennifer Burg. http://research. DUE-0340969.aspx?Page=Overview . Some parts of WWT require that this be installed beforehand. Department of computer science at University of Victoria. Glossary Silverlight is a Microsoft development environment for interactive user interfaces. and Leah McCoy. The project homepage URL is http://digitalmedia.Exercise d will introduce how the information is organized within WWT.