Preparation - Install the following apps...
1. Install the Google Cardboard app.
Apple iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id987962261
2. You likely also want to install the YouTube app (if not already installed)
Apple iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/youtube-watch-share-videos/id544007664?mt=8
3. Install the Google Street View app
Apple iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-street-view/id904418768?mt=8
Best Practices / Safety
Remember, teachers cannot require a student install an app on a BYOD device. Remember, too, to provide activities for students without BYOD device. Some things (like Google Street View) can be used on laptops and/or iPads without goggles. YouTube 360 videos can be “virtual” without goggles on a laptop if you use the Chrome browser or use the YouTube app on an iPad.
Google Cardboard users should take frequent breaks, especially if the user feels dizzy. Students prone to headaches or seizures should not use Google Cardboard.
YouTube 360 Videos
Search YouTube for “360 videos.” You might see a YouTube channel called “360 Videos.” That’s a good starting point!
When you start a “360” video playing on YouTube, look for the goggle icon. That puts your screen into the correct view. Place your device in the Cardboard goggles. Turn your head left/right, up and down to experience the virtual reality.
Example: 1941 World War II Battle
Google Street View
Launch the Google Street View app. Find a location (for example, search for a Leesville school). Tap on the location pin. You can simply drag your finger around the screen (or mouse, if you’re on a laptop) to look in different directions.
To use Street View with Google Cardboard, simply tap the goggle icon to put the device into goggle view.
Example: LRHS Library
This app permits teachers to lead guided tours of selected locations. You, the teacher, will NOT use goggles to lead this activity - but your students will. Launch the Cardboard app.
At the top, choose to “Lead/Guide.” Choose the expedition you want to go on. Ask your students to launch the Expeditions app on their device, and to connect as a Follower. They should see you as a tour option to join.
Tap “Play” on your teacher device to start the tour. The app presents you with information you can read aloud as your students view the tour. Tapping on the location icon in descriptions will point students towards what you’re talking about. Note all devices should be connected to the same network. At this time, devices must be connected to the Lunenburg network, and will not work on the WAKE-BYOD network.
Additional Educational Content
Titans of Space - https://unimersiv.com/review/titans-of-space/
A short tour of our solar system.
Discovery VR - https://unimersiv.com/review/discovery-vr/
Download the app and access lots of Cardboard virtual reality educational content.
Random 42 - https://unimersiv.com/review/random-42/
Take a ride through the inside of the human body
Viewmaster Apps - http://www.view-master.com/en-us
From animals to space, a variety of VR apps.
A Collection of links to educational Cardboard apps:
Note there are also many apps that let you use your mobile device to CREATE VR photospheres. For example, Google Street View lets you take a series of photos of a location you’re at and create a published photosphere available to anyone who uses Google Maps.
Want to buy your own set of Cardboard goggles? Search for “Google Cardboard goggles.” You should be able to find goggles for around $5 - 20. In addition, you can also search for instructions on how to make your own goggles (for example, out of a cola cardboard container).
While LRHS does not have Google Cardboard goggles available for checkout, Leesville Middle does have a set of 30 goggles (just goggles - no devices inside). Talk to Mr. Martin if you have interest in borrowing the set of goggles for a lesson.