Creating your own Virtual Reality for the classroom

How to create your own Virtual Reality (VR) in the classroom

December 8, 2022The Nearpod Team

Virtual Reality (VR) in the classroom is more than amazing technology, it is a way to engage students with visual and hands-on learning in a meaningful way. Imagine visiting famous landmarks around the world that you are studying in Social Studies or visualizing the setting of a story you are reading in Language Arts class. It has truly redefined learning in the classroom!

How to create your own virtual reality in the classroom infographic

How can I use Virtual Reality (VR) in the classroom?

Nearpod has a full collection of standards-aligned VR Lessons already created. The VR feature allows you to choose from over 300,000 virtual reality experiences. However, there may be times when you want to take your students on a trip to the community playground, local high school, or the neighborhood grocery store.

Not only can you create VR experiences on Nearpod, but you can also make interactive slide-based lessons, embed formative assessment activities, and access premade standards-aligned lessons. To access the VR feature and more, sign up for a free Nearpod account!

How to create your own Virtual Reality (VR) in the classroom

Teachers always ask me, “Can I create my own Virtual Reality experiences for my students?” My answer is always the same, “If I can do it, anyone can!” It’s actually not as hard as it sounds… it only takes a few minutes to create! All you have to do is follow the 3 steps below.

Step 1: Download and snap

There are many fancy ways to create a VR with high-tech panoramic gear. However, I find using a smartphone and downloading the Google Street View App to be the most effective. It is so easy, you can follow these simple steps.

  1. Download the Google Street View App and open the camera option.
  2. Find a stationary spot and start capturing photo snapshots in 360 motion, up, down, and all around.
  3. Point your camera at the dots in the app as a guide.
Google Street View App
Camera on Google Street View App to make a virtual reality in the classroom

Step 2: Grab the URL

Once the entire space has been captured on your phone, publish the VR on the Google Streetview App to get the URL. This is the link you will share using Web Content in Nearpod.

Step 3: Add the URL to Nearpod

The possibilities are endless with bringing VR experiences to the classroom; now you have the Nearpod skills to do so!

How to make a VR by adding Web Content using Nearpod's lesson creation menu

Watch this tutorial to make a VR in the classroom

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