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Friday, March 10 • 9:00am - 9:45am
Free Online Resources for 360° Videos and Images along with Strategies for Using Them

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This session will focus on 360° videos and images and its three purposes are to (1) explain what 360° videos and images are, (2) share online resources for accessing 360° videos and images at no cost, and (3) offer strategies that leverage 360° videos and images for teaching and learning.

For the first purpose, the presenter will introduce and describe 360° videos as a subsect of virtual reality. To engage attendees, the presenter will share with them a 360° video using a quick response (QR) code, so attendees can interact with it using their smartphone, laptop, and/or tablet. In addition, the presenter will bring a limited number of VR headsets, so attendees can use them for interacting with the video. After having engaged the video, the presenter will share core features of 360° videos and images, such as the freedom to look in all directions but the inability to move beyond where the device that captured the video was placed.

As the second purpose is to share free resources for accessing 360° videos and images online, the presenter will highlight three websites. Each resource is unique in its approach for providing access, and the resources include:

•    Lenovo’s database (www.lenovoeduvr.com) of 360° videos, which categorizes its videos by subject area and grade level. When teachers search Lenovo’s database, it reports a series of videos by titles and thumbnail images of them. The database links to the video, so when teachers click a thumbnail, they can view the video on the website that hosts it, not Lenovo’s database.

•    360° Schools (https://schools.360cities.net/) includes a database that allows users to locate 360° images based on where they were captured using a map feature. They can also search for images by keyword. In addition, 360° Schools has a feature called Guided Tours that allows teachers to build learning experiences by linking 360° images with slides and quizzes. The images are all searchable and importable from 360° Schools’ website. The slides are blank presentation slides designed for text to be added to them. The quizzes are question templates that can be used for multiple-choice and true/false questions, and they provide feedback indicating if the question was correctly or incorrectly answered.

•    360° Exchange (tarheel.live/360exchange) also offers a database of 360° videos, and it is organized by topic, so teachers can either search for 360° videos by keyword or choose a category from the database’s menu and locate the videos that way. This resource also allows teachers to search for 360° videos by academic standard. In that way, teachers can choose a standard, and in response, the resource will report examples of 360° videos along with short descriptions of instructional strategies that are paired with them. When teachers pick a specific strategy, the resource provides them with a description for implementing it with a 360° video, and the strategies are intended to be guides and examples of how a 360° video can be used to teach that standard. Teachers can adopt or modify that strategy depending on their context.

After introducing each resource, attendees will have the opportunity to explore them through a think-pair-share activity. Attendees will first “think” about the resources by exploring them individually and then ranking them from 1 to 3, with 1 being their favorite and 3 being their least favorite. Next, they will “pair” with another attendee and debrief about their rankings. During this debriefing session, the attendees will explain what they like and do not like about each resource. Finally, the pairs will “share” by posting what they liked and did not like about each resource to a collaborative Tricider board (www.tricider.com/home), which lets attendees anonymously offer their ideas. From the attendees’ ideas, the presenter will facilitate a full group discussion.

For the third purpose, the presenter will offer constructivist teaching strategies that utilize 360° videos and images. For example, in social studies, these videos and images can be used to build students’ background knowledge about what a place looks and sounds like without having to physically visit it. In English language arts, 360° videos and images can be paired with texts to help students make meaning of important scenes, settings, and themes. In science, students can view natural phenomena like lightning strikes and animals in close proximity without being in danger. In math, students can be given dimensions for a shape or object in the video or image and must calculate its area, perimeter, or other measurement. In the session, the presenter will pair each of the previously mentioned teaching strategies with a 360° video, so attendees can view them.

To close the session, the presenter will facilitate a class discussion where he asks attendees to share their ideas about how they may use 360° videos and images with their students. He will also field other questions they may have about the content presented in this session.

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Friday March 10, 2023 9:00am - 9:45am EST
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