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Capture Your World Through 360 Images

ThingLink Teacher Challenge Activity 4

About This Activity

In June we learned how to use native ThingLink tags to tell immersive stories. First, we focused on designing a simple story that can be viewed in a VR headset. Next we , we expanded on the learning to create   a virtual audio tour consisting of three or more images. This time, we did not require users to create tours that were intended for viewing in a VR headset, and that helped users learn to include the native ThingLink tags. 

Now it's time to shift gears, and introduce the idea of 360 content capture and best practices for working with 360 images. 


Resources to Support the Learning


Watch Our Webinar

How to Find and Cite 360 Images, a webinar with Kathy Schrock

ThingLink Blog

 5 Ways to 


What is a 360 image?

A 360 images is also called an equirectangular image because it has a ratio of 2:1. This means is twice as wide. A 360 image allows viewers to look up and look down to see everything in the spherical view. This is different than a panorama, which only lets you look around. 

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How do you take a 360 photo?

There are many digital cameras that make is simple to capture a 360 photo and we know many of our users already own these. We like the simplicity and easy integration of the RICOH Theta SC and V models, and we are pleased to offer ThingLink customers a special discount on the purchase of a RICOH camera.

Use discount code TLTHETA to get 15% off at checkout on the RICOH USA website.

No 360 Camera? 

No problem! Anyone with an iOS or Android mobile device can use the Google StreetView app to be guided through the process of taking take multiple pictures that are then stitched together to make a 360.. While this is not the simplest way to capture a 360 photo, we do know the availability of this app makes 360 photography accessible for everyone with a mobile phone in their pocket, expanding the possibilities for learning. 


Begin the Learning with Kathy Schrock

As we continue to build a collection of 360 images for reuse in education, we must bemindful of helping educators and students learn about attribution and using photos other photographers photos. Please watch this snippet from our recorded webinar with Kathy Schrock to learn how to find and cite 360 images.



Ways to Find & Create 360 Images for Reuse 

    1. Use a professional image from ThingLink's Teleport Library.

    2. Use a Search & Clone to find a 360 image on ThingLink
      Please keep photo crediting and attribution on tags in tact.

    3. Take a photo with your own 360 camera and upload it to ThingLink
      CC licensing is recommended.

    4. Take a 360 image with the Google Street View App on your mobile device, then upload it to ThingLink.
      This is not the most convenient method of capturing a 360 image, but we continue to suggest it to our users because it is the most accessible method. Most teachers and students have iOS or Android phones in their pockets already and Street View is free! This levels the playing field for everyone.

    5. Upload your own image or drawing to ThingLink using the 360 editor.
      The ThingLink 360 editor will allow you to upload any image with the correct 2:1 ratio and an image size of 5376 x 2688 or smaller. We have seen a lot of creativity here. You can upload a drawing or your own non-spherical photo, as long as the 2:1 ratio is correct.
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    6. Upload a regular image or drawing, and resize it for use in ThingLink.
      Expand the possibilities by uploading any drawing or image to ThingLink's 360 editor. Try resizing an image to meet the 2:1 ration requirement, make sure the image is within the size limitations for ThingLink. Watch this video tutorial by Astrid Hulseboesh to learn how to Create Your Own 360 Images

      We hope you will take the time to give it a CC license and post an attribution tag on your image to credit yourself as the source.

    7. Flicker groups
      1. Equirectangular group: Browse and use the images that are licensed for reuse. 

      2. 360 Images for Schools: An invite only group designed for educators to share CC licensed 360 images for use in education. If you are a 360 photography interested in growing this resource, please request to join.

    8. PanoFetch Get this handy extension for Chrome and download 360 images from Google maps.

    9. Search for 360 images in the Public Domain.

    10. This is a handy web tool that allows you grab a 360 image from Google Street View and download it.

    11. We're always looking for more. Have another great way to find 360 images for ThingLink? Please contribute to the conversation.

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