Using 360 technology is not only getting easier, but it's getting cheaper. Unlike other devices in a 1:1 environment, a single 360 camera can easily satisfy your needs for your entire school. (The current price for my favorite 360 camera, the Ricoh Theta S, is about $300).
You don't have to be an expert to start exploring and using 360 photos and videos in your classroom. Start small. Invite your students to journey with you on a Google Expedition. You will never grow tired of their reaction when they explore a part of the world where they most likely will never travel to. Explore YouTube and choose a few 360 videos to enhance your units. I'd encourage you not to shy away from ready made 360 photos and videos as you start exploring, but to use those resources on YouTube and Flickr until you have a camera to create your own.
When you feel comfortable leading a virtual tour with Expeditions and exploring YouTube, you'll be ready to start creating your own 360s. I had quite a few failures when I first started--my 'what didn't work' list was longer than my 'what did work' list. Honestly, my frustration level was pretty high. Guaranteed, it will be worth it the first time you watch your students view a video they've made in a virtual reality headset. So, so worth it!
Imagine creating a 360 video on the playground demonstrating potential and kinetic energy. Fast forward to your classroom when you upload your video to YouTube and watch it in your VR headsets. All in the same day!
Hopefully, the tips you find here will help inspire you on your own 360 experiences with your students. As I learn and explore 360s in my classrooms, I'll continue to add to this website--so come back. I'm in no way an expert and am just inside a year in my own 360 journey, but I'm no longer afraid of failing and trying new things with my students. I'd love to help inspire you on your own 360 journey. If you have lesson ideas or student samples to share, please send them my way (firstname.lastname@example.org or @cparksitrt). I'd be so excited to hear how you're using 360 in your classroom!
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