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!
Nelle Shean Junior High Media Center
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.
Mrs. Stumpf’s Classroom Tour
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.
21st Century Cyber Charter School
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.
A. K. Smiley Public Library
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.
Tips and Tricks
- Use many media types to give your viewers a rich virtual experience. A combination of videos, images, text, audio, and embeds keep them engaged and exploring.
- Combine images from multiple rooms with transition tags. Additional spaces let your viewer getter a better sense of context and let them explore even more of your amazing space!
- Add custom icons instead of the default transparent and image icons. Just click the blue circle in the editor to upload any image you want.
- Click-through links in captions mean that students and parents don’t need to copy and paste to access your links. Learn how.
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