Schools and teachers receptive to a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiative can take advantage of the low cost of Google Cardboard, and deploy a classroom set even on a tight budget. Virtual reality is an engaging experience for students, captures their interest, and when used properly can increase a student's educational potential. Viewing places and scenes in spherecasts creates levels of immersion not easily achieved through other technologies.
Spherecast provides unique learning opportunities, and a properly equipped teacher can find ways to enhance their instructional practices by applying Spherecast to their existing curricular objectives. Listed below are some ideas and suggestions for using Spherecast in an educational setting.
Upload a hidden picture and let your students find the objects. Create a hotspot over each hidden object that congratulates the viewer with a triumphant sound when they look at it. For younger students, objects can be put in plain sight with prompts such as "Find all the white ducks."
Build a scene with common objects such as a sofa, fireplace, and lamp, and label them with words in the speaker's language, or in another language for foreign language learners. Add voiceovers that pronounce each word correctly and use it in a sentence.
Design a problem-solving scenario with non-linear progression. For example, a simulation where students must discover the source of an illness in town, with different voice-acted characters and logical game puzzles to solve, as students move toward a well-defined end goal.
Create a quiz with visually inclined answers. Upload 4 photos per scene, and prompt Spherecast to stitch them together into a visual multiple choice question. Add hotspots and increment the student's running score when they select a correct one.
Have your students write their own short story, draw illustrations, and record their own audio narration. Upload them to Spherecast and create an immersive storytelling experience.
In a few simple steps, digital artists can batch-upload their artwork all at once, and prompt Spherecast to stitch them together into a single photosphere and automatically create hotspots to zoom in on different photos.
Virtual Field Journals
Students are assigned into groups. Each group is tasked with creating 10 photospheres of places of interest in their hometown. The group composes a script, and students take turns creating a short narration for each scene. The Spherecast can be assembled and shared with others as part of a presentation to the class.
Older students can create their own games and quests with Spherecast's simple yet powerful interface. Students can design different scenarios, characters, and actions throughout the game, and incorporate their own images and artwork into their game story. Enjoy their delight as they watch others play their creation.
Many high schools and universities have students in 3d art and animation classes. These students can upload their 3d models into Spherecast, using them as part of their scenes, and exploring them from different angles.