The former teacher in me came out when I started playing with Cypher 3-D Learning System – Wild Animal Adventures. When Louise first showed me the box, I thought it was just some ordinary flash card set with some minor computer add on. Boy was I wrong! These flashcards are like nothing else I’ve seen.
At some point, we have all had some kind of experience with flash cards. You hold up a card, say the fact that goes along with it, then move on to the next card. Imagine this: the information on your card comes to life… in 3-D! That is exactly what Cypher Kids has created with their 3-D Learning System.
How does it work? After starting the software, you hold the card up and let your webcam read the 3-D marker on the back. Once the camera has caught the marker, a whole 3-D world comes to life. I had the Wild Animal Adventures set to test out, so each card brought with it a different animal start complete with habitat, wildlife sounds, and amazingly realistic animation. You can move the card around to see different angles of the image on the screen, and even use different key commands to control the actions of the animals.
As a teacher (and after asking some elementary teacher friends of mine), I think that this would be GREAT for school age kids. It really gives them an interactive tool to learn. It is a little tricky to figure out exactly how to hold the cards and maneuver things to get the best images on the screen, but after a little practice, kids will be working with the cards like pros. The facts that the program shares while the images are on screen are simple enough for younger kids to understand, but interesting enough to keep the attention of 2 graders and kids even older! I also LOVE that each card is made of sturdy cardboard to help them stand up to the wear and tear that kids always bring.
I was lucky enough to test out the Wild Animal Adventures set, but they have a whole line of 3-D learning cards.
· Wild Animal Adventures
· Colors and Shapes
· Things That Go
There are definitely enough options to keep your kids (whether at home or in your classroom)busy and LEARNING for a long time!
About Ashley: Ashley is a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and former teacher working to navigate through the mysterious world of Mommyia. Read more about her adventures at www.Momicles.com and follow her@Momicles2010 .
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