Google Cardboard - discovering a city by numbers

I’m preparing a lesson about a virtual trip to London as a part of an end of term project. The idea is that students use Google Cardboard to discover London (or any other place). Just looking through Google cardboard does create a “wow-effect”, but it doesn’t make the students learn anything new. In order to focus the students’ attention on specific points it only takes a few additional steps. The ideas is that students find out about some specific numbered points themselves using Google Search, Google Image Search and Google Maps to learn about these sites.  Here is how to do it:

  1. Make a photosphere using Google Camera (install from Playstore; some smartphone are not compatible though). Alternatively download a photosphere from the web using Google Search or Google+ (there are tons of photospheres on Google+, just ask the owner's permission if you can use one of them in class)
  2. Upload the photosphere to Google Drive and edit with photo editing software like Pixlr. Alternatively copy to desktop and edit with Photoshop or Gimp. Number the sights you want your students to find out.
  3. Download to phone again and use the Cardboard Demo app (available from Playstore) to display you numbered photosphere.
  4. Have the students do research on the web, using Google Maps (to find the place), Google Image Search (to confirm their hunches) and Google Search (to find out more the sights).
  5. Get everyone together again and talk about the solutions and the additional information the students have found.

Alternatively you can also share out a hardcopy of a Google Map for each group and the students have to mark the sights on the map.

You can download the London Eye example here.

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