When I attended the 2017 CA Google Geo Institute last July, I was introduced to the idea of using embedded 360 photos to engage students in the real world. I had already played around with PhotoSpheres before and created this 360 photo of my school library using the Google Street View app on my iPhone.
With the Street View App, you stand in the middle of the room and slowly spin around while the app takes multiple images of the space then stitches them together to make this 360 image. It works fine if there are no moving people in the room (look closely at the circulation desk!). Use Google Street View with your students to immerse themselves in places they have never been.
When you visit Google Maps or Google Earth, click on the yellow Pegman in the corner to show the blue lines for Street View images, blue dots for uploaded PhotoSpheres, and yellow dots for the ability to see inside select buildings and museums. Students will enjoy discovering PhotoSpheres from all over.
What really blew me away at the CA Google Geo Institute was learning how to use the Ricoh Theta 360 camera to take an instantaneous 360 photo or video. We created walking tours around the Google campus and embedded our photos into Google maps. I purchased a camera with plans to help my students make a 360 walking tour of our school campus — but I needed to learn how to use it first.
Here are a few of my favorite 360 photos I have taken so far with the Theta. You can also view the Wallowa Lake image directly in Google Maps.
Wallowa Lake #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
Happy Thanksgiving from the Cassinelli, Hauge, and LeChevallier families #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
EdTech Team Google Summit #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
Here are the directions on how to set up the Theta app on your phone so you can take remote photos and have them transferred to your device. I’ve learned you need to be careful with exposure and you definitely need a tripod for shooting the photos.
Some 360 resources from #CAGTI17
- Walk With Us project – uses WalkInto, 360’ cameras and Google Street View to help high school youths to share about their upbringing, culture, and traditions, and to discuss the issues that affect them
- Do More with 360 Photos & Videos presentation by Dean Phillips
Can’t wait to try the Ricoh Theta with my students. Stay tuned!