Authoring Platform for Creating Virtual Reality Panoramic Tours
On the RoundMe platform, teachers can create and describe a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) field trip or virtual tour using informational hotspots, portals to other locations, and directional sound. Although a VR adventure is more immersive when using a viewer, RoundMe makes the experience available in full-screen mode to provide flexibility for viewing. Students can stay inspired by viewing the amazing work of the world’s best panoramic photographers, 3D designers, and architects. They can explore the World Map to see virtual tours nearby or in the distant corners of Earth. Students can also use RoundMe’s free app for iOS and Android devices to explore 360-degree panoramas and immersive stories from other users.
Now with Apple ARKit, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar can be brought to life in the real world. Through an augmented reality experience, children can watch their own Very Hungry Caterpillar appear in their classroom, on a kitchen table, in a garden, on their playground, or anywhere else they want to play with it.
Fans of Jane Austen can visit her House from the comfort of their home, or wherever they are. They can stroll through the House, now a Museum, on a 360-degreevirtual tour, wander through the gardens with the Museum cat, or take in an online exhibition.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum provides unique fieldtrip opportunities for teachers and students to engage with the museum’s content online. Among the museum’s offerings are “Earth and Its Place in the Universe” (grades 5–12); “Finding Our Way: Geography and GIS” (grades 6–8)); “Living Through History” (grades 1–8); and “Paper Airplane Design” (grades 3–8).