Saturday, October 28, 2017

Google Street View App

The Google Street View app is available for both Android and iOS devices. This free app allows you to do some pretty amazing things that were not possible just a few years ago.

Street View allows you to create 360 degree photos directly from your phone with no special equipment. You can choose to keep your images private or publish them to Google Maps. If they are approved by a team at Google, your images will be viewable to others to enjoy and explore.

Street View has collections of places from around the world to explore. Photospheres are best viewed using Google Cardboard. Cardboard resembles the View-Master that some of us had when we were kids. To use Street View with Cardboard, you will need to click on the mask icon then place your phone in your Cardboard or other VR viewer. If you don't have a VR viewer, you can click on the compass icon to open what many of us call the magic window. No matter how you view the photospheres, you will get to experience places around the world through the eyes of people who have been there. The beauty of our magnificent planet has been captured and it's ready to be discovered by our students!

Applications for Education
Street View can be used to teach in ways that were not possible until recently. Are your students learning about volcanoes? Send students to different ones around the world and have them compare and contrast what they see. Are they studying different countries? Have them explore those countries using this app.

Screenshots of Google Street View.