Describing where you live is a generally painful task. You want to explain how it “feels” to be there, but it always falls short. Luckily, technology can now lend a hand in creating that immersive experience using virtual reality.
Using the Google Street View app, take a 360-degree photo of a place in your community that is important to you. Is it a natural feature? A street in your town? Through the app, upload the photo to Google Maps to share it publicly. Test to see that your upload was successful by finding the photosphere on the map and then clicking the Google Cardboard icon and placing your mobile device in a VR viewer. **If no VR viewer is available the 360-degree photo can also be explored on the mobile device or desktop (but it really isn’t as cool).
Students will be able to
- Navigate the Google Street View app.
- Use mobile devices to create visual media about their communities.
- Publish their photos for public viewing on Google Maps.
- Engage with VR technology through Google Cardboard.
Desktop – Click here to see my photosphere in Google Maps on your desktop. This link will not work on a mobile browser because unfortunately Google Street View won’t let you link externally to photospheres.
Mobile – If you want to experience it in a VR viewer, you can find my photosphere in the Google Street View mobile app by searching “Montana Lake, Susitna North, AK.”
Once that maps pulls up tap the blue “Zoom Out To See More” twice, then you’ll be able to see my red photosphere dot on the shore of the lake to the south. The photosphere with my profile picture and name will show up as the first “Top 50 Results” at the bottom on the screen.
Tap the Google Cardboard icon in the top right of your screen to make the photo stereoscopic.