Take a panorama picture on your mobile device easily with this free app.
Do you and your students have access to smartphones or tablets in your classroom? If so, then you need to check out Sphere.
This free app, available on Apple and Android, allows you to capture 360 degree panoramic photos. It also gives you the chance to take virtual tours of over 300,000 spheres already recorded.
Step into the future of photography. Record key moments — and immerse yourself in new ones — like never before. See Paris from a hot air balloon, feel the energy from the American ldol stage, and hold onto your raft as you approach Hubbard Glacier. With Sphere, your device is a movable window you control. – Sphere 360 App
I've played around with Sphere a little bit myself, and it does take some practice to get the hang of it. Depending on the lighting and device you have access to, your sphere isn't going to turn out as perfect as you may like. But the fact that this type of photography software is available for free and on mobile devices is pretty remarkable. Just a few years ago you would have to pay hundreds of dollars for software to create these type of panoramas, and it would be a much more complex process.
So even with the learning curve, if you or your students are interested in an alternate way to capture memories with photographs, Sphere is worth checking out.
Have you ever taken a panorama picture? What type of free photography tools do you like to use in your classroom? Let me know in a comment on this article.
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for SimpleK12.com. She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.