During ISTE I had a bunch of links posted related to GigaPan that were shared during a wonderful session. GigaPan is was developed by the CREATE (Community Robotics Education and Technology Empowerment) Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. They have customized the offerings to fit with the needs of school communities with GigaPan School Dialogues.
Now I have had time to fully process the potential and come up with specific examples how I want to incorporate GigaPan into my classroom. Since not everyone in the world teaches Spanish, I also stretched my imagination and came up with some possible applications in non-Spanish subjects … but you have to scroll to the bottom.
- Plaza during Sanfermin
- Day of the Dead
- Zocalo decorated for Independance Day
- Mexico/United States Border – Juarez vs. El Paso
- Plaza in Jalisco Mexico
- Maya Ruins
- Incan Machu Picchu
- Spanish Architecture – Sagrada Familia
I foresee this as a partner activity to introduce Spanish culture and geography. The discussion and questions they ask each other will add depth to a class discussion later. It could be an independent activity, but two pairs of eyes are better than one to find interesting details in a photo. I am really hoping that the netbooks in my room for next year can display GigaPan to its full potential. It worked on my new netbook during the conference, but it would be more frustrating than rewarding on older netbooks that load slower than students patience allows. GigaPan will be my new go-to-tool for cultural understanding and engagement.
- Art – The Great Northern Art Festival 2009 , La Boca Buenos Aires Street Art
- Geology – Dorset Coast
- Geography/Capitols – Harrisburg Capitol Building and Park , US Capitol Building , Washington DC
- History – Roman Forum, Gettysburg , or any historical location
- English – Globe Theater, or any location mentioned in a book or an authors hometown.
- Math – ratio of zoom for any picture
- Physical Education – World Cup Game 2010
For additional inspiration on uses for GigaPan – the GigaPan Magazine has regular examples and applications for education. Even if the picture doesn’t fit your content, it still provides an interesting read and viewing.