Virtual Stories Authoring Tools for Pedagogical Purposes

J.-P. Gerval (France), M. Popovici (France, Romania), and J. Tisseau (France)


Distributed Virtual Reality, Virtual Environments, Virtual Reality Modelling Language, Java, External Authoring Interface.


: This paper sets out two developments that were achieved within the framework of a distributed virtual reality environment for children. This virtual environment supports cooperation among members of a dispersed team engaged in a concurrent context. The first development is a user-friendly interface, which enables teachers to fit with children pedagogical requirements and generates new virtual environments according to teacher's specifications. The second tool aims at a better children cooperation by means of avatar's behaviours. These tools have been implemented with Java and VRML languages. The distribution of virtual worlds is obtained using DeepMatrix as an environment server.

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