Google Street View is a fun way to create your own 360 panoramic pictures and also have a panoramic experience of the places that you are interested in.
Here is an example:
Google Street View can help students visualize and understand the world around them. By using Google Street view, students have the opportunity to explore, collaborate and share images around the world. Google Street View can be used by teachers to engage students during their geographic, historical or social science lectures. In addition, it can also be used as an engaging way to tell a story.
Content is continually being added to Street View and may require some ‘sifting through’ for quality. Students can also be creators and work together to create their own 360° pictures and share them with the world. They can even add notes about their images. This allows Street View to be a unique presentation platform.
- Download the Google Street View app on your mobile device (your mobile phone, your iPad, or your Android tablet).
- Log in with your Google account.
- Click on “Explore” and search for the place you’re interested in. (You can expand the “results” at the bottom of the screen to see a full list of places available.)
- Select the place.
- Click on the panoramic icon (compass) to go into 360° view.
- Click on the Google Cardboard icon and use your VR headset to view the image.
To share and contribute:
- Click on the camera at the bottom right to create your image.
- Choose the type of device you are using. Click on the last option, “camera,” if you’re using your phone/iPad camera.
- To line up, make sure that the orange dot is inside of the white circle.
- Turn around to take a 360 image.
- Click on the “check mark” to save your image.
- To publish your image, here are the steps:
- Under “Private,” tap Select.
- Choose a photo to publish.
- If you have applied blurring, choose if you want to apply the blur to your published photo. Tap More Apply blurring or Remove blurring .
- Tap Upload .
- Tap Publish. You’ll see your photo under “Profile”.
- Now you can view your image on your own device or with the Google Cardboard/ VR headset, and also share your 360 image with your students/friends!
Feel free to use our lesson brief to introduce Google Street View to your students (click Google Streetview Lesson to download).
Follow the steps in this video to upload your 360 images: