With all the ways that educators are using virtual reality in the classroom, its important to note that you can create your own 360 images using Google Street View!
Google Expeditions packages are in a few of the Westerville City School buildings, and kids are having a blast looking at images as if they were in the location of the photo.
Using the Google Street View app [iOS / Android] on any phone or tablet, individual users can create the same type of images that are used in virtual reality applications. Just open the app and it will guide you through taking multiple shots from one spot. Google then stitches the pictures together to make a 360 degree image! These images are stored privately with your account, or you can publish them and add them to Google's searchable images.
Here's how it works:
Did you visit the Grand Canyon over the summer? Did your students attend a trip to Washington, D.C. over spring break? Do you have a relative that lives near the ocean? Why not start capturing these real life images and have kids visit the world without leaving your classroom?
Google is also expanding Expeditions to include augmented reality as well...
So how could you incorporate virtual reality, augmented reality, or other remote viewing technology with your students?
Don't be afraid to try! (Its easy enough for a sheep to do...)
As always, if you have any questions about how this could work with your students, don't hesitate to contact your building's Ed Tech Coach!