Strategy Share: Using 360-Degree Technology to Engage Student Explorers

Immersive technology speaks to how my ninth-graders experience the world. Students drive their own learning, curiosity, and exploration. I can hear students yell with excitement as they discover new things and make connections to what they already know. Those who have a hard time sitting still can use motion as an asset to their learning. Continue reading Strategy Share: Using 360-Degree Technology to Engage Student Explorers

Firecam! Just Another Day at Nat Geo …

Video and text courtesy our own Eric Berkenpas! Watch our Remote Imaging Team test a fireproof camera housing! Designed by engineer Mike Shepard and built by machinist Mohsen Ahmed, the boxy little beauty above can withstand outside temperatures of 1000° Celsius (2000° Fahrenheit). Inside the housing, it’s a comfortable 27° Celsius (80° Fahrenheit)! Don’t try this at home! The Firecam was built for Nat Geo … Continue reading Firecam! Just Another Day at Nat Geo …

Google’s Camel-Cam Street View

TECHNOLOGY It’s given us robot cars and internet-enabled glasses—but when it came to creating a “Street View” of a desert, Google hit on a low-tech solution. It hired a camel. (CNN) Use our resources to find out how else scientists and geographers obtain data—and how you can help! (Camel not required.) Discussion Ideas Google Maps’ “Street View” offers 360-degree panoramic views of almost any location … Continue reading Google’s Camel-Cam Street View

Small Cameras, Big Stories

TECHNOLOGY Exciting developments in camera technology have leveled out the playing field between professional and amateur wildlife filmmakers. How do photographers and filmmakers “animal-proof” a camera, and how can your footage stand out from the crowd? (BBC) Check this collection to learn about animal-proofing a camera, and how some young engineers and filmmakers rose to the challenge! Discussion Ideas What are some advantages to using … Continue reading Small Cameras, Big Stories