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Overview Procedures for Teachers Organizers for Students

Procedures for Teachers is divided into three sections:
Prep -- Preparing for the Lesson.
Steps -- Conducting the Lesson.
Tips -- Managing Resources and Student Activities.


Computer Resources:
You will need at least one computer with Internet access to complete this lesson. While many configurations will work, we recommend:

-- Modem: 28.8 Kbps or faster.
-- Browser: Netscape Navigator 3.0 or above or Internet Explorer 3.0 or above.
-- Macintosh computer: System 7.0 or above and at least 16 MBs of RAM.
-- IBM-compatible computer: 386 or higher processor with at least 16 MBs of RAM, running Windows 3.1. Or, a 486/66 or Pentium with at least 16 MBs of RAM, running Windows 95 or higher.

It would be best to download the Design Workshop Lite software on each computer prior to the lesson. Students can assemble the parts of their assignment into a final presentation using software such as PowerPoint or HyperStudio. For help, see our PowerPoint and HyperStudio tutorials, in Organizers for Students.

For more information, visit What You Need to Get Connected in wNetSchool's Internet Primer.

The following sites should be bookmarked:

  • Great Buildings Online -- Architecture Design History Images, 3D Models and More!

    Great Buildings Online documents hundreds of buildings from around the world with 3D models, photographs, architectural drawings, and Web links. In addition, the site contains downloadable software application, Design Workshop Lite, that is available for both Macintosh and Windows free of charge.

  • Free 3D Model Viewing Instructions

    This page provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for downloading Design Workshop Lite, the software needed to view the 3D models.

    Also included here are the instructions for downloading the DesignWorkshop Lite 3D software needed to view the free walkthrough models of the buildings.

  • Download Steps: DesignWorkshop Lite for Windows

    Steps for installing the Windows program.

  • 3D Spatial Models of Great Buildings

    Bookmark this page for the students so they can choose the particular building for which to create their presentation.


    Time Allotment:
    The project should take five class periods. The preparation is involved and should be done prior to the introduction of the lesson. If there is a Technology Coordinator or Computer Specialist in the school, that person can be enlisted to help in the software installation and any trouble shooting that may be necessary.

  • Introduce the project by explaining the broad outline and scope of the project and handing out the Student Organizer. It is advisable to choose a building and go through all of the steps of the lesson yourself and then use the images that you have generated as an example of the project for your students. The preparation will take some time between the technical aspects and getting familiar with the software. There is an option on the Great Buildings site to order the Design Workshop Lite software on a CD-ROM for $9.95. This will make installing the program easier and will include many 3D models that are not available from the site. This is recommended, but not critical for the successful implementation of this lesson.

    Explain to the students that they are to choose one of the buildings from the 3D Spatial Models of Great Buildings Web page to research and create a presentation about. The presentation will include factual information about the building and several specific visual views of the building.

    The information required for the building presentation includes the architect, location, date it was built, style, method of construction, and materials. The presentation should also include the floorplan or top view, the front view or elevation, and a perspective view. Optional views would be a bird's eye view, a walk-through, and a section or cutaway view.

  • The students are to choose a building from the 3D Spatial Models of Great Buildings page (listed in the bookmarks section, above). You can decide to narrow the choices from the list of available models to a smaller set of the most significant examples (for example: Stonehenge, The Parthenon, Roman Colosseum, etc.). You may also choose to assign specific models to the students.

  • After the students have chosen the model, they can download the model onto their computer. Depending on the speed of your connection, this can take from a few minutes (high-speed T-1 connection) to up to 15 minutes (28.8 modem). You may want to have students come during a free period or open lab to download the files. The students can begin to gather the factual information needed to complete the assignment at this time as well.

  • Once all of the files have been downloaded, the students may open their model within the Design Workshop Lite application. When in the program, send them to the File menu to open their model with the application. In order to generate the three views necessary to complete the assignment, the students have to follow the following procedures listed in steps five, six, and seven.

  • To generate a three dimensional rendering of the model, choose "Perspective" and "Shading" from the View pull down menu located at the top of the Menu Bar in the application. The students can also view several of the views that are included at the bottom of the same pull down menu: initial view, overview, and others are pre-loaded into the model and may be useful.

    Once the selected view is on the screen, the students can go to the Export command, under the File menu, to export the image as a Pict file.

  • To generate the Plan view, go back to the View menu and select "Plan" from the pull down menu. Use the Export command from the File menu, as in the previous step, to export the Plan view.

  • To generate the Elevation view, go back to the View menu and select "Elevation" from the pull down menu. Use the Export command from the File menu, as in the previous steps, to export the Elevation view. Let the students explore their model within the program using the "eye" tool on the toolbox to "walk through" the model interactively.

  • Have students present their final products. They can choose any media for their presentations. One option is a multimedia presentation with HyperStudio or PowerPoint. See wNetSchool's HyperStudio and PowerPoint overviews.


    One Computer in the Classroom
    If you have access to one computer in your classroom, you can organize your class in several ways. Divide your class into two groups. Instruct one of the groups to do paper research while the second group is working on the computer. Bring in books, encyclopedias, etc., from the library for the group doing paper research. When the groups have finished working, have them switch places.

    If you have a big monitor or projection facilities, you can do Internet research together as a class. Make sure that every student in your class can see the screen, then go to a relevant Web site(s), and review the information presented there. You can also select a search engine page and allow your students to suggest the search criteria. Again, bookmark and/or print the pages that you think are helpful for reference later.

    Several Computers in the Classroom
    Divide your class into small groups. Groups can do Internet research using pages you have bookmarked. Group members should take turns navigating the bookmarked site.

    You can also set up the class so that each computer is dedicated to certain sites. Students move around the classroom, and get different information from each station.

    Using a Computer Lab
    A computer center or lab space with a computer-to-student ratio of one to three is ideal for doing Web-based projects. Generally, when doing Web-based research, it is helpful to put students in groups of three. This way, students can help each other if problems or questions arise. It is often beneficial to bookmark sites for students ahead of time.

    Submit a Comment: We invite your comments and suggestions based on how you used the lesson in your classroom.

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