Depth Spinner
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Depth Spinner

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Depth Spinner is a shockwave applet that exemplifies how the eye detects and handles inward and outward motion. This program lets the user to move the spiral image backward or forwards. A slider bar allows for speed changes. Depth Spinner is a fun example of how an optical illusion can teach one about the mechanics of our magnificent eyes. www.exploratorium.edu does a fine job of teaching students about science related topics by using interactive teaching tools. The web page is well done with... More
Material Type: Animation
Date Added to MERLOT: April 15, 2002
Date Modified in MERLOT: June 07, 2011
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Submitter: Cristo

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  • User Rating: 2 user rating
  • Discussion (2 Comments)
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Primary Audience: High School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
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Avatar for Jayme Lobo
12 years ago

Jayme Lobo (Student)

I tried Depth Spinner on Wednesday May 17. It is an easy program that gives the
opportunity to anyone to experience and learn about them mechanics of our eyes.
Perhaps for those who have just gotten into the field of science, this web site
is completely helpful to understand the basic concepts of science and put them
in practice. There is a lack of explanation about some more concepts relating to
the main topic. However, it does a good gob as an interactive site.

Technical Remarks:

It is a really easy program to use. I did not need any assistance or outside
support to use the material successfully. However, it is too simple. I think it
needs some more animation, more icons or navigational features.

Avatar for scott cirmo
12 years ago

scott cirmo (Student)

This was a good web site for those who are just getting the concept of science.
This site shows how the eye works and how it reacts to certain depth factors.
This web site help show people who may have trouble grasping concepts of science
how science relates to the real life. This is a good example of interactive
learning which seems to help people understand concepts better.Although this
site was educational and explanatory, was a bit bleak and lack in depth
explanation. There should be more to the site like for instance; other visual
keys to see how the eye itself works, explain exactly what is going on when you
look at the spinner.

Technical Remarks:

The site was easy to get to and navigate through, but some software is required
in order to see some of the material. The software needed is Shockwave, the web
site will open a window asking if you would like to download this. The only
problem is that sometimes this doesn?t work for every computer therefore its not
reliable.