Planning for next year Workshop – Deep Zoom Composer – An Introduction (Post#1)

I leave Kristen alone for 5 minutes and she has had a blogging frenzy,now I need to catch up after my summer break. This is the first of a series of posts in what I hope will be an informative and constructive workshop, that you would be able to recreate with student and colleagues. As well learn how to use Deep Zoom Composer to create ideas and activities across the curriculum. I have based this post on the workshop activities I run at Innovative Teacher Events, so if you have invited us to your school, this is an idea you will be getting.


What is Deep Zoom?

Firstly, I must explain, this is not a technical demonstration of Deep Zoom, its just how I have adapted the technology to use quickly and efficiently in the classroom and present it to teachers and students. This is how I would have done it as a classroom teacher. You will need to install the Silverlight plug-in to be able to use Deep Zoom. If you have any suggestions of what I should add or how I can improve this workshop please let me know at

So what is Deep Zoom? This site describes Deep Zoom as “  provides the ability to interactively view high-resolution images. You can zoom in and out of images rapidly without affecting the performance of your application. “ For me, Deep Zoom is a great way for students and teachers to present and create visual stories. But, the easiest way to illustrate what Deep Zoom is about, is to show it in action.

Firstly, navigate to the Hard Rock Cafe Memorabilia site at











You will see a collection of images of all the memorabilia that has been collected by the Hard rock Cafe company. To zoom in and see the detail , either use the scroll wheel of your mouse to zoom in and out or double click to zoom in and Shift-double click to zoom out. To pan , click and drag.
From the list of famous rock stars on the left hand side menu, choose ‘The Beatles’. Next, look for a written letter and an envelope. (I found it in the left hand corner). Zoom into the envelope until you can see the postage stamp at top left hand corner.

This postage stamp is made up of a 4 x 4 grid of images. Zoom in on the  image in row 3 column 2. You will see an image of a Hard Rock Cafe on Broadway, New York.

Zoom in until you can see an image of the infamous Beatles suits. This is to the left of the  main Hard Rock Cafe neon sign and underneath the Hard Rock sign on the left hand side.

Zoom in until you can see 4 models of the fab four. Zoom in on the second Beatle from the left. That’s Paul, Kristen’s favourite Beatle.

Pan down and zoom in on Paul McCartney’s autograph. This should be the starting point for any demo that you give.

Now, from this starting point in your demo of this autograph,which you can see in stunning detail, begin to zoom out, stopping at each section described above i.e. the models, the suits , the hard rock cafe, the stamp and the letter.  You are able to explore in high detail each of these areas. As they are not just details in an image, but images embedded within one another. At this point you audience will be in awe. Especially when you explain that they are able to recreate the same effect in their own classrooms, with pupils and students. This they can do using a free application called Deep Zoom Composer. In my next workshop post, I will describe how to create your own Deep Zooms and highlight some curriculum activities around its use.

Here are some links of further examples of Deep Zooms. These have combined Deep Zoom with a Photo Mosaic creator, I will explain how to do this in my final post on this workshop.

For fans of cute dogs - LINK

For fans of cute cats – LINK

For fans of Michael Jackson - LINK

Deep Zoom Blog

Comments (5)

  1. olliebray says:

    Great blog post Stuart – I think Deep Zoom has real potential for creating interactive mysteries and also for digital storytelling.

    Looking forward to the next installments in the series.


  2. blackLabrador says:

    Hi !

    Great Exemples => How do you do to realise both a mosaique and use deep zoom like in the "Cat" or "Michael Jackson" Example ?

    Many thanks !

  3. blackLabrador says:

    The last example I have found on DeepZoom uses the last version of the Composer

    It will be so cool to do a Michael Jackson like

  4. Stu4rt says:

    In my last post in this series, I will describe how to make the cats and MJ mosaics

  5. blackLabrador says:

    Thanks !

    I’ve tried to make one but it still needs some improvments 🙂

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