Travel the World With Sphere
Type of technology: Application
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: Elementary and Secondary
Subject area: Science, Social Science, Language Arts
Do you wish that you could take your students on enriching field trips but don’t have the resources? Would you like your students to see more than just a photo of local, national and global landmarks. Sphere 360 Photography is the app you need! With this app, you and your students can travel around the world without leaving the classroom. Many destinations have been photographed for your convenience with a 36o degree view. Use the locations that have been created, or if you’re super ambitious, create your own sphere during your travels
In my TK classroom, we used Sphere during our Communities unit. It was a fun way to introduce new places around the Santa Barbara community introduce places my students hadn’t been before. We took a trip to Stearns Wharf, the Mission, and Alice Keck Park. It was exciting for students to make connections and share memories. This app allowed for vocabulary and language development and built interest in places around our community. Next school year, I plan to venture out into the community to create even more spheres for our students to enjoy.
If you’re traveling this summer, use Sphere to capture special places to bring into the classroom. I’ll be waiting for them!