Create an Interactive 360/VR Tour for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Explore ROMS Learning Commons, an interactive 360/VR Tour created by Jill Hill

Our 3rd activity is designed to create an interactive 360/VR Tour for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. It is at this time that we will focus our attention on using the Google Street View app to capture 360 images on iPhones, Android Phones, and tablets.

Explore the Powerful Possibilities with a 360/VR Virtual Tour

Putting the ability to capture 360 photos in the palms of our students’ hands opens the doors to engaging learning experiences as they become empowered by the ability to tell relevant or personally meaningful digital stories. As participants in the Teacher Challenge, we hope you will create a 360/VR tour that tells a digital story from your experiences this summer. If you’ve been stuck inside, you can create a Virtual Tour of a location you’ve visited in the past, or perhaps one you dream of visiting. Another highly popular option is to create a Virtual Tour of your learning space.

Get Inspired by Virtual Tours Created by Certified Educators

Learning Opportunities & Benefits

  • Students can tell learn by telling digital stories about the world around them. #PlaceBasedLearing
  • Use of multimedia to engage learners to provide multiple ways for students to access information and express learning.
  • Active engagement leads to true learning.

Learn to Use the Google Street View App to Take 360 Images

The Google Street View App can be downloaded to any iOS or Android phone or tablet. The app allows users to

  1. Take 360 images.
  2. Search for 360 images taken by others.

Images available through Google Street View are available for use and in the Public Domain.

The Most Important Thing to Understand When Using ThingLink + StreetView

The only way to tag a 360 image with our 360 media editor is to upload it. Use of Google Drive to store and download 360 images is suggested. 360 photos from the Street View app should be Saved to Drive. In most cases, we’ve found this option needs to be enabled on your device. Use the more button to save from Street View to Drive.

Note: Do not save to Google Photos. There is no way to extract your photo once it’s there.

Take a 360 Photo with the Street View App


Activity III: Create a Virtual Tour

Follow the steps on this task card to create a virtual tour for the Teacher Challenge. Explore resources on the tags to learn more. You will find a Google Doc with text- based directions listing all steps at the top of the poster. As activities are submitted through the form, they will be added to a curated channel of Virtual Tours!


Get Help & Support

Explore this interactive poster created with ThingLink Premium. Find quick access to Task Cards for each activity. Find resources and a channel of curated submissions on each Task Card.

Thank you for submitting questions through the Turn In Form. We will continue to answer the questions in the illustrated FAQs slideshow.


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Susan Oxnevad
Susan Oxnevad strives to build a powerful network of educators who share a passion for using ThingLink to transform teaching and learning. In addition, she also hosts ThingLink webinars for educators and blogs about thoughtful ways to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning on the ThingLink Blog for Education. Follow her on Twitter @soxnevad
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