Have you tried out 360° video with students? Panoramic images and 360° video are becoming increasingly popular media. You’ve probably seen someone post a panoramic image on Facebook showing off their last trip to the beach or a school field trip. One of the first times I snapped and posted a panoramic image was a trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (see it here). These type of images are great because you can spin around and see a location from different angles, however 360° video takes this experience to another level.
360° videos are filmed with a special camera that records video footage from all angles while keeping sound intact. This means when you press play on a 360° video you can hear the action taking place and spin your device in different directions to see the scene from different angles. When paired with a virtual reality headset like Google Cardboard, this immersive experience is powerful.
360° Videos from National Geographic
The folks at National Geographic have a handful of fantastic videos you can use in your classroom, from viking adventures to monarch butterflies. When you visit their YouTube channel you can see a selection of these 360° videos. You’ll want to make sure that you are using a compatible web browser and you may want to pick up a Google Cardboard (for under $10) on Amazon too.
Depending on your learning goals for students, a trip to a glow worm cave in New Zealand might connect with your next read aloud to give background knowledge for students or extend a conversation around informational text. Alternatively, you might decide to take students on a Viking adventure if you’re studying this period in history class.
Take a look at this super fun list of 360° Videos from National Geographic that is sure to inspire your students as you design learning experiences with virtual reality!
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