The future is now!
Virtual reality and 360-degree video experiences are no longer reserved to the world of video games and science fiction.
The commonness of smart phones and inexpensive VR headsets (including Google Cardboard and Fiit) and a growing library of educational VR content now allows you to create lessons that transport your kids to vivid new worlds, without ever leaving your classroom.
If you are ready to enter this new educational frontier, but are not sure where to start, here are 7 truly mind-blowing, multi-subject 360-degree VR videos that you can use to energize your lessons today!
*Note that you do not need a VR headset to view 360-degree videos. You can navigate the environment on a desktop computer by dragging-and-clicking with your mouse.
1.) Explore the Solar System in 3D by Crash Course
2.) Surrounded by Wild Elephants in 4K by IM360
3.) Plank World 360° | Physics Simulations in VR by Moby Motion
4.) Can You Solve this VR Math Puzzle? by Mashup Math
5.) What Happens Inside the Human Body? by VR360
6.) Arctic Field Science Experience by Digital Explorer
7.) 360° VR Cockpit View in a Fighter Jet by Blick
YouTube continues to add new VR video content every day. You can explore their full library of 360-degree VR content from channels including Time Magazine, Discovery, Disney, and GoPro by clicking here.
Do you have any questions or great ideas for using VR in your classroom? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
By Anthony Persico
Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.