360 Degree Field Trips

BY JoAnna Watson

Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District

Project Description
With a 360 degree camera, we can take photos and videos in 360 degrees. The camera also records audio, so in a video we can also have sound. The purpose of a 360 video or picture is to allow all views of a scene to be viewed (around, up, down) where a typical camera can only record one flat view. The initial project that I will do with this camera involves the 5th grade trip to the seashore. Staff and students will record footage of their week and put it together in a video to share with students and families and also create a tour in Google Expeditions. Google Expeditions is a fantastic iPad app that allows a person to go somewhere in the world through the app and view pictures from every angle and learn information along the way. Students and staff will work together to create a Google Expedition that shows the world their view of the Cape Cod National Seashore. We can eventually incorporate groups that go in the fall, winter and spring and do some great comparisons of the same view in different seasons and weather.

Beyond this project, the uses of a 360 camera for education are limitless. We can use it for something right in the classroom where students can demonstrate their understanding of something they designed and made for a class, we can use it out in the world to bring views to our students that they can’t otherwise see and we can use it to create school tours and highlight activities. I’d like to have several 360 degree cameras so they can be used at all grades, by any teachers who want to give students a different perspective. Having one 360 degree camera will give us a starting point to embrace this new technology and incorporate it into our students’ educational experience.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
The MA Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards have 4 major anchors:

Digital Tools and Collaboration
Computing Systems
Computing and Society
Computational Thinking

Using these 360 degree cameras from start to finish incorporates many standards within each of these 4 anchors, at every grade level.

We will know we have met our initial goal when we have 360 degree pictures and videos from the first group that uses the camera at the Cape Cod National Seashore.

We will know we have met our second goal when a Google Expeditions trip of the Cape Cod National Seashore has been created and made available through Google Expeditions.

We will know we have met our third goal when we have an updated Google Expeditions where we see the Cape Cod National Seashore in all seasons.

We will know we have met our fourth goal when teachers are regularly checking out our 360 degree cameras and producing products that are posted to our website and social media pages as well as YouTube and/or Google Expeditions.

Benefit to the students and the school
Our goal in the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional School District is to prepare our students for success in their lives. 360 degree cameras are a new piece of technology that we do not currently have in our schools. If we introduce these to our students now, while it is still a fairly new concept, we will be able to seamlessly incorporate them into our curricular areas when they become as mainstream as some of our current technology.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
On-going