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Virtual reality has potential to provide greater student learning experiences but is still in the early stages of adoptions in schools.

Here are our tips and resources to help you get started with 360° Photos and Virtual Reality (VR) content.

What are 360° Photos?

360° photos is a photography technique where you capture the entire surrounding of a location instead of just one angle. Also known as VR (virtual reality photography), 360 panoramic photography, 360 virtual tours and photosphere.

A 360° photo consists of a series of images stitch together.  When the photo is uploaded to a site that supports embedding 360° photo the viewer is able to explore the image with the same view as someone that was there when the photo was taken.

Here’s an example:

You explore this image on your:

  • Computer – using click and drag.
  • Phone – titling to change angles.
  • Cardboard Viewer – for virtual reality experience.

Take 360° photos

Virtual reality has the potential to provide students with greater learning experiences but is still in the early stages of adoptions in schools.

There are numerous ways to take your own 360° photos.  You don’t need expensive equipment and complicated software. The easiest way to get started is using Google Street View (available for Android and iOS) on your smartphone.  You can also use photo sphere mode in the stock Android camera or surround shot mode on Samsung phones (open your camera app then tap on Mode > Download > and download surround shot).

The apps on the smartphones all work the same.  Pick an interesting spot where you want to capture a 360° photo, open the app on your smartphone and move your smartphone around to pass over the circles until all images are taken.

Important tips:

Sharing Online

To share your photos online you need to upload it to a site that supports embedding 360° photo.

Edublogs and CampusPress users can embed 360° photos and videos in posts and pages using the VR Viewer plugin.  This embeds the 360° photo in a viewer where your readers can explore the image in their browser, via Google Cardboard or using VR headsets like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or Google Daydream. Detailed instructions are here.

Other hosting sites include:

Using With Students

Check out the following resources for ideas on using with students:

Your Tips

Leave a comment to share your tips for creating 360° photos or using with students.

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  1. Hey nice article about VR, you have given us some ideas for me to implement this at our school

    Thanks
    Anto
    http://www.asd.edu.qa

    • Antony Rappai
    • Hi Antony,

      Thanks for commenting and good luck implementing the ideas!

      Kathleen

      • Kathleen Morris
    • That is cool

  2. ThingLink Premium accounts have a 360/VR image editor where you can tag your 360 photos with embedded videos, images, sound, etc. There is also an iPad/Android app called Teleport 360 Editor where you can log in with your ThingLink Premium account and be able to either use a photo you took or access a photo from their gallery of images.

  3. Thanks. I will have a look.

  4. Thanks Sue, I can see how that would take a while! I am interested mainly in High School Science, any Year group really. I am still preservice teacher, exploring using blogs as Class Blogs and Student Blogs. I enjoy reading other teachers’ class blogs and student blogs, and see how they use them in their teaching. Getting lots of good ideas. I have started my own pretend class blog at rieba76.edublogs.org and have assigned students to use their student blogs for their research journal.
    Good luck!

    • Hi Rebecca, thanks for providing some background and sharing a link to your blog! It is coming along well. I completed the update of the list yesterday and have removed any blog that hasn’t been updated in 6 months or has been deleted. The ones highlighted in red are ones I often use as examples of different approaches to class blog. I’ve also organized a new post so others can submit their class blog to the list. Hope the list helps!

  5. Hi Sue, i was actually looking for a class blog and student blog list. The Checkout the classblog list seems a bit out of date. Are you doing this anymore?

    • Hi Rebecca, I am part way through updating the class blog list. I indicate the date last checked at the top of the sheet. I’ve added all the latest submissions to the list and are currently removing any old blogs that haven’t since Jan, 2017. Unfortunately it takes some time to check the complete list as I need to check each blog individually which is why I’m only part way through the update.

      Please confirm which Grade or subject level you are interested in so I can check those for you.

      Sue Waters
      @suewaters