What is a virtual tour or an immersive story? A virtual tour takes the viewer to a real or imaginary location or place that is captured in a 360 image or video. A tour that consists of multiple images typically has 1) a theme and 2) a storyline that defines how and in which order the images connect to each other.
Starting from documenting student projects at the school grounds to traveling around the world, here are examples of the most common 360 tour themes from ThingLink users:
To celebrate the Norwegian Constitution Day, we decided to send a special greeting to our dear Scandinavian neighbors who are almost as happy as the Finns. With love, we put together this virtual 360 degree tour to the stunningly beautiful land of fjords and fells. The tour starts from Laedal, goes through the longest road tunnel to Bergen, then takes a ferry to North, and ends up at a Constitution Day celebration party after a quick visit to Oslo.
Now, the only thing missing from this tour are the people! Do you have a story or memory from Norway? Here is what you can do:
a) Open the voice recorder on your phone and record an audio clip telling a special memory or story from Norway
b) Open the ThingLink editor, clone any image from this tour to your own account, and make your own version of the trip! Add audio clips, notes, music, photos, videos, or anything you like –and share it onwards!
If you don’t have a ThingLink account yet, check out our new Premium Teacher plan!
The new individual teacher plan includes all features, such as 360 editing, for one classroom (35 students) at $35 per year. The plan is available for new signups. Read more about who should sign up or transition to the new plan.
360 tours are a fantastic way to bring new students, parents, and community members into your school for a closer look. There’s no need to hire an expensive designer or photographer, just snap some pictures with your phone or an entry level 360 camera and upload to ThingLink.
Below, we’ve compiled some of the best examples of teachers, libraries, and schools that have created 360 virtual tours. Explore for inspiration and ideas!
In this tour of the media center from Nelle Shean, students can find different reading sections and learn what the process is if they forget their iPad.
via Lisa Stumpf
New students can learn everything from what to do when they first walk into class, to where to find the week’s assignments, to the process for no-name homework. Mrs. Stumpf has done a fantastic job pointing out all the resources of note in her classroom, hopefully alleviating new class jitters for some students.
via 21st CCCS
For an online school like 21st CCCS, a virtual tour of their offices may help students and parents feel more connected. A calendar tag is updated monthly to keep everyone up to date with what’s happening.
Though we’re not in a school, this Library makes excellent use of transition tags to guide us from one room to another. We get to explore through video tours, written histories, slides showcasing the art, and a Google Maps tag to get us there. A combination of media types lets the viewer learn in as many ways as possible.
Ready to create your own tour? Try it out with a 14 day trial of Premium Education and start uploading.
A total solar eclipse will cross the United States today, starting just after 10 a.m. PT in Oregon and ending just before 3 p.m. in South Carolina. Depending on your viewing location, the eclipse will last between 1 and about 2 1/2 minutes. Those gathering outdoors to catch a glimpse of this rare occurrence need to prepare for viewing. The ThingLink above is a curated collection of information and resources for making the most of the moment. Be sure to check out directions for capturing the eclipse with the camera on your phone!
It can be hard to remember history and to keep track of all the different facts and events – and art history even more so! There is a lot of meaning and significance buried in art, and extracting these is key to the learning experience. What better way to do this than by making the art interactive?
Extract meaning from the art by focusing on specific parts of it and creating explanatory tags. You can make use of our different pre-made icons for different corresponding tags – or even create your own icons with one of our paid plans.