An interactive fantasy Web site aimed at educating children goes live this month.
The site, www.bubbledome.com, has been created by trained primary school teacher Rebecca Allcock of Auckland.
The former art teacher says children became so interested in her stories they “almost wanted to become part of them”.
This gave her the idea to make them available online, with 3D graphics, sounds and interactive tools.
Allcock has also worked for Allsorts children’s magazine as a writer and illustrator.
Then the graphic artist joined its www.allsorts.co.nz Web site, where she has tested her “walk-in stories”.
Over the past year, she also developed her own company and the bubbledome.com Web site, with support from the government Biz programme.
“My aim is for the story to be alive. When children enter the story they can check out daily fantasy news and weather reports, register as part of a club, receive and send emails from story characters and interact in unusual competitions,” she says.
Aimed at teaching lateral thinking and problem solving, the stories also include detailed lesson plans for teachers, with classroom activities based around them.
Now, Allcock is liaising with technology educators to get her concept accepted into the curriculum, and encouraging teachers and students to use the Internet in the classroom.
She is also working with advertisers to keep her Web site free and plans to approach TV companies to produce a show based on her tales.