Creating VR in the geography classroom

Creating VR in the geography classroom

The following slides were used to illustrate the discussions at the ‘Using/Creating VR in the geography classroom’ workshop held at the 2017 Geographical Association Conference held at the University of Surrey. Useful links Ellena Mart’s website – Google Cardboard View-Master RICOH THETA Nodal Ninja Richard Allaway’s images on

My Opinion: Google Cardboard = Educational Cocaine, really?

Google Cardboard

The Daily Mail has found some ‘experts’ who have equivocated Google’s efforts to demo Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions in classrooms to them pushing ‘educational cocaine’. This is a bit much – not on the whole Daily Mail scale of a bit much – but daft nevertheless. I admit that Google is trying hard to get … Read more

Using Roundme to create an classroom VR resource


Here is version 1 of a classroom VR resource that I have produced using a smartphone, Roundme (and the Conisbrough Castle English Heritage guidebook). Roundme call their immersive experiences ‘spaces’. This ‘space’: Grand Designs – Conisbrough Castle, Yorkshire, UK – includes 8 panoramas.  The idea is that students experience the resource using a smartphone and a … Read more

Creating VR in the (geography) classroom

What is Classroom VR?

This blog post supports a workshop I delivered at Practical Pedagogies 2016 titled: Creating VR in the (geography) classroom. Google Expeditions [Expeditions] – List of available Expeditions Google Expedition related resources on TES Google Cardboard Handsets Mattel View-Master Stooksy I am Cardboard Capture Ricoh Theta Nodal Ninja PTGui Share Richard Allaway’s profile on RoundMe 360° … Read more

Visiting Yosemite with Classroom VR

Google Expeditions

This post is the culmination of a period of research. It was prompted by a teacher’s request for her class (Year 7) to experience Yosemite National Park to stimulate discussion of it’s wonder and the part water has played upon forming the landscape. Our school has a BYOL policy and (most) students have smartphones. We … Read more

Desert VR Experience created for Individual and Societies class

Desert Camp VR

A four scene VR experience created from 360° images taken during a geography field trip to Morocco. The images where taken with a Ricoh THETA S and a Nexus 6 smartphone using the Google Camera app. The students will use their own smartphone devices and school provided Google Cardboard headsets. The context of the lesson … Read more

Solution Number 1: Roundme


So after several hours trying different approaches and posting on the official Google Help Forum I can confirm that Google’s Street View app will not currently open photospheres from external links. I intend to outline a number of different solutions. I still want a simple workflow – that allows students to click a link on … Read more