Looking Glass a 3D interactive story telling application, which was developed at Washington University in St. Louis, enables children to build short animated movies while also learning basic programming skills. This would sit really well in any forward thinking curriculum as it teaches computational thinking right from the start, before children even realise they are learning something!
The freely downloadable app encourages creativity and problem-solving skills which will be useful in school, jobs, and everyday life. Looking Glass provides a fun, interesting and engaging environment that allows children to express themselves through stories while also teaching them how to program.
“Create your own animated story
Using Looking Glass, anyone can create their own 3D stories full of fun characters and rich animations. Looking Glass enables creatives minds of any age to create complex naratives using a simple drag and drop interface. In writing their stories, users begin to learn basic programming constructs like parallel actions, iteration, conditionals, and object-oriented code.
Remix to learn new skills
Remixing helps you create complex stories by capturing interesting animations from other individuals worlds and using them in your project. Think that an animation of an alien doing the moon walk would be perfect for your underwater diver? Simply remix the action and bring it to life in your world. Remixing encourages code reuse and helps teach you new skills by looking at example code and interactively exploring how that code works.”(Looking Glass Website)
Once you have created your Looking Glass masterpiece, you can either share it, or download it; or both. Why not give it a try?