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360 Degree Still Images & Videos

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The creation and use of 360 degree still images and videos has been gaining traction and the use of them in education has been developing in promising ways. YouTube now hosts 360 videos and at minimum, they can be viewed via computer browsers and mobile devices.

PCC’s Distance Education department and Video Production Unit have recently procured a professional 360 degree camera and we’re getting ready to give it a try. We are looking for PCC faculty interested in collaborating with us to create these types of images and videos for your courses. We can start with an idea that you bring to us or we can brainstorm ideas based on what you’re teaching and go from there. If you are interested in discussing possibilities, please contact me (Michael Annus) and Monica Martinez-Gallagher.


If you’re not familiar with 360 still images or videos, here are some good examples:

The New York Times “Daily 360”: The videos here cover a wide range of topics and you’ll notice that many (all?) of them are edited, using a series of 360 degree videos. You’ll also notice that audio can be added (such as interview audio) as well as text.

Edutopia: 5-Minute Film Festival: Teaching With 360-Degree Videos: Similar to the Times’ videos, these also use added elements such as audio and stills and contain 360 video clips edited together.

Annotating 360 still images with Thinglink:

An additional possibility with 360 still images (though not video) is that they can be annotated with additional media (including video, text, web links and audio) in order to make them more layered and possibly more useful for education. We are currently using Thinglink for this, which is a browser-based application (they also have an app). There are a number of examples on their website and while many of the examples are for K-12 use, you will hopefully get a sense of how it might be useful for your courses.

These are some of what appeals to me about Thinglink:

  • The images are not time-consuming to create;
  • The images and annotations can be created collaboratively with your students;
  • Annotations can be added over time;
  • Annotations can include video clips that need minimal or no editing.
Thinglink & accessibility caveat:

Thinglink is not itself accessible and so accommodations for accessibility will need to be worked out at the local/PCC-level if you decide to try it.


About Michael Annus

Video Producer at PCC (for 18 years), working with faculty to create meaningful videos for teaching and learning. MFA in Film & Video Production and MA in Cultural Anthropology with experience teaching courses in both disciplines.... more »

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x by Monica Marlo 4 years ago

While ThingLink content isn’t directly accessible, John Hinman and I worked on an alternative format option based on written visual description and an outline. If you are faculty interested in working with our team to explore this format, we will create this outline and description file by default to assure that the content in your ThingLink images are universally accessible.