Wing It – Cardboard Your Community


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 isnโ€™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 –ย 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.

Google Cardboard icon in grey and white

Tap the Google Cardboard icon in the top right of your screen to make the photo stereoscopic.

Grade: 10/10

5 thoughts on “Wing It – Cardboard Your Community

  1. Cool! I learned to make photospheres at the ASTE Conference this year and have made… one (outside the Captain Cook). I have been thinking about buying a spherical camera and taking pictures around Bethel to post to Google Maps. I would like to use it with my students, but it doesn’t fit into my curriculum at all. I am definitely going to do your assignment for my next nousion collection. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. This is so neat! I love that it takes VR to a new level! I do a unit on the future of tech and I think this would fit perfectly! Do you mind if I snag this to use in my classroom?

    • You are most welcome to use it! I’d love to hear more about what you teach in your “future of tech” unit, that sounds super fun!

      • We make coloring book pages come to life with Quiver (free app with paid options), we use QR codes to go on a virtual scavenger hunt, and we use augmented reality (Aurasma) to make a virtual yearbook that you can interact with. Then we talk about google glasses and the oculus rift and try to guess where things might go! They make a mind map showing all the ways that future tech could help our lives (medicine, transportation, education, home life, ect). This is with middle school students by the way ๐Ÿ˜‰

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