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Apr 12 11

About the VITAL Lab

by Sertac Ozercan

Jul 29 13

2013 BooKS Summer Workshop

by Qing Zhu

 

2013 BooKS (Boat of Knowledge in Science Classroom, a NSF GK-12 project) Summer Workshop was held from July 22 to 26. XinYe, Yanhui, and Qing presented VBEE user study and next steps in development. Kal Jaber and Elaine Geotz demoed their 2D game on ipad.

Xin (left), Qing (middle), and Kal (right) are on the science boat.

Kal (left) assists Dr. Jonson (middle) to get water sample from Ohio River Andy (right) and his co-worker are presenting Rain Garden project in Marietta

Dr. Jonson (2nd from left ) is discussing electroshocking with conferees by Dow lake

Jul 23 12

2012 BooKS Summer Workshop and Symposium

by Xin Ye

The 2012 BooKS (NSF GK-12 The Boat-of-Knowledge in the Science Classroom) summer workshop and symposium were held from July 16 to July 20.

Xin Ye presented a new release of the Virtual Boat game and a new release of Ying Zhong’s iVirtualWorld at July 17, and presented the following direction of the Virtual Boat development. Xin Ye, Qing Zhu and Amir attended the workshop and symposium.

Feb 27 12

Virtual Boat for Environmental Education 02.25.2012 Release Notes

by Xin Ye

A new version of Virtual Boat for Environmental Education (VBEE) is released for 2012 winter quarter BooKS workshop. The latest release can be found here.

This released version provides teachers and students with “Fishkill” scenario and “Geocaching” scenario to support relevant lasson plans.

Lesson plans’ details can be found here.

 

Feb 27 12

Most downloaded paper in JSS/ One of the top 25 hottest articles in 2011 full year

by Qing Zhu

C. Liu, Q. Zhu, K. A. Holroyd and E. K. Seng, “Status and trends of mobile-health applications for iOS devices: A developer’s perspective,” J. Syst. Software, vol. 84, pp. 2022-2033, 11, 2011. (link)
This paper was one of the most downloaded paper in JSS from previous three months, verified on Feb 27, 2012. It is also the 12th paper in the top 25 hottest articles in 2011 full year.

Elsevire, “Top 25 Hottest Articles,” URL:http://top25.sciencedirect.com/journal/01641212/, Accessed: 2012-03-26, (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/66SEGhFAg) .

Feb 20 12

Virtual Boat Screenshots 02/20/12

by Sertac Ozercan
Jan 19 12

Virtual Boat for Environmental Education for iOS 01.09.2012 Release Notes

by Sertac Ozercan
First version of Virtual Boat for Environmental Education (VBEE) for iOS is released.

What’s new in this version

  • Initial universal release  (only iPad 2 is officially supported)
  • Includes all the capabilities of the PC version (including character customization and virtual boat features)
  • Uses virtual joystick and touch controls for player and boat navigation

 

Jan 9 12

Virtual Boat for Environmental Education 01.09.2012 Release Notes

by Xin Ye

A new version of Virtual Boat for Environmental Education (VBEE) is released. The latest release can be found here.

What’s new in this version

  • Free navigation: you can test water qualities everywhere.
  • New GUI: Stable, simple, uniformed, and runs well in different machines with different resolutions, (high to low resolutions).
  • Only one objective icon (click it to get detailed information), no more complex objective list.
  • Only show mini map in navigation mode.
  • New data diagram with dynamic data.
  • Soundclips for interesting locations (not required to test locations following an order any more).
  • Note: the size is about 48MB, thus it may take a few minutes to load the game at the first time.
Jan 3 12

Virtual Boat for Environmental Education 01.03.2012 Release Notes

by Xin Ye

A new version of Virtual Boat for Environmental Education (VBEE) is released. The latest release can be found here.

What’s new in this version

  • Add: Functions for calculating pH value everywhere in real-time.
  • Add: Add a new data diagram, to test this new diagram, players have to click the laptop before driving to the fish kill.
  • Add: An animation of a deer eating on a small island on the right hand side of the fish kill.
  • Improve: New boat
  • Improve: New GUI style
  • Fix: Change all “floating fish” to “fish kill”
Nov 11 11

Virtual Boat for Environmental Education 11.10.2011 Release Notes

by Xin Ye

A new version of Virtual Boat for Environmental Education (VBEE) is released. The latest release can be found here.

What’s new in this version

  • Add: Units for all water quality data in all data diagrams
  • Improve: Remove completed objectives from objective list (based on suggestions from teachers in fall 2011 PD)
  • Fix: Change Nitrate value from mg/l to % saturation
  • Fix: Delete useless textures
  • Fix: “play now” button is for single play mode now

 

Nov 3 11

Virtual Boat for Environmental Education 2011.10.28 Release Notes

by Sertac Ozercan

A new version of Virtual Boat for Environmental Education (VBEE) is released. The latest release can be found here.

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