Ever wanted to share more than just one image with a picture? Did a static pano just not quite give you the full effect of the scene? Now there are free tools to create interactive spheres of images! Bubbli is one such tool. Using just your smartphone you can create a full 360 (up down, side to side, really more than just 360) image.
Now beyond just being cool, there could be some utility for this in the classroom. For example, if you were to go on a field trip and require your students to build some type of assignment about their trip, this could be a tool that allows for a type of virtual tour to be created.
For instructors who take their students on other trips (such as Morningside’s May Term) this could be an interesting way for students to create their journals. Generally including the “Bubble” is as easy as embedding this into a website (it appears WordPress does not allow the embed code in their HTML editor). But I was easily able to do this through the Moodle text box. An assignment like this could be achieved using the online text Assignment feature, or even the individual wiki feature.
There are also other 360 degree resources out there that might be of use for teachers. One that I ran across comes from the Civil War Trust and provides 360 guided tours of some of the Civil War battlegrounds. This could provide a powerful visual when discussing the battle itself and battle strategy.
Another area might be in Art history and looking at specific sites and/or buildings. Columbia University Media Center for Art History has a few 360 panoramas.
Google searches for places and 360 generally will take you to some images that have been created. Here’s one close to my heart of Machu Picchu.