Three-dimensional virtual environment for spatial development
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The purpose of this project is to design a computer program to help children understand a strategy for changing vantage points within an imagined space and gain knowledge of how spatial transformations work. The developed software, called Viewpoints, presents a virtual three-dimensional environment to be explored and modified by the user. Object and camera manipulations are illustrated through animation. Furthermore, the program was designed to have an intuitive interface and be easy to access. This should allow the softwares target audience of children to focus on the spatial orientation and spatial visualization aspects. A small study evaluated the software in terms of content, instructional design, technical quality, student use, and instructor use. The study provided valuable feedback on how to improve Viewpoints in the future. Information gathered suggests the issue of speed should be addressed and supplemental materials should be added.
Bateman, Kathleen Suzanne (2004). Three-dimensional virtual environment for spatial development. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Available electronically from