During Martin Bean’s keynote presentation at the NAACE 2009 Strategic Conference one of the new technologies that was demonstrated was Deep Zoom. I’ve mentioned Deep Zoom before in relation to my recent visit to the UK Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum in Reading.
The Hard Rock Café collection of music memorabilia was used as an example.
Here is a step by step walk through of what happened. There is also a video at the bottom of the post.
1) The demonstration stated zoomed in on Paul McCartney’s signature:
2) Then they zoomed out to reveal that the signature was actually a small piece of detail on the bottom of some Beatles “Bobb’n Head” Dolls (apparently one of the most sought after items of Beatles memorabilia – particularly if Ringo’s drumsticks are in tacked!).
3) Then they zoomed out again to reveal that the dolls were actually a picture in a shop keepers window, where some of the original Beatles outfits were stored.
4) Then they zoomed out again to reveal that outfits were actually a photograph in a HardRock Café.
5) Then they zoomed out to reveal that the Hard Rock Cafe picture was just one tile of a 4×4 collage.
6) Then they zoomed out to reveal that the 4 x 4 collage was actually a stamp on an envelope to a letter from Sir Paul McCartney to Sgt. Buddy Dresner.
7) Then they zoomed out to reveal that the envelope was part of a larger collection containing the actual letter between McCartney and Dresner.
8) Then they zoomed out to reveal that the letter was only one part of the largest music collection in the world owned by the Hard Rock Café.
I’ve made a quick video of the sequence below (Blip TV Video embedded below).
Impressive Stuff that certainly demonstrates the wow factor. James Kent has used Deep Zoom to teach about the 2004 Asian Tsunami – but I wonder if there are any other good examples of it being used in education?