It all started with a NY Times Virtual Reality viewer that came with my newspaper! It blew my mind how when I strapped my phone into the cardboard viewer and viewed some of the VR videos! So interactive! I was so excited and ready to adapt this new technology for the classroom but as I did a little research, there is a question if the viewers are safe for children under age 13. I think, for now, I will pass on the cardboard vr viewers until further notice. Instead,I am ready to explore 360 degree panorama pictures for education!
Let’s start with taking a 360 degree photo! You can download the “Street View” Google app but I found the picture taking process a little cumbersome compared to the “360 Panorama Occipital app. Just load the app, find a 360 degree worthy vista, hold up your iPhone, press the button and start to turn around slowly. After you finish your first rotation, circle around for the sky/ceiling and then a third time to capture the ground/floor. Download and share using the 360 email option, which generates a link.
What do you think? I would love to see yours! Future posts will explore how and why we should use these 360 degree panoramas in the classroom!