Google Blog: Now students can create their own VR tours

Google Blog: Now students can create their own VR tours . “…we’re introducing Tour Creator, which enables students, teachers, and anyone with a story to tell, to make a VR tour using imagery from Google Street View or their own 360 photos. The tool is designed to let you produce professional-level VR content without a steep learning curve. ‘The technology gets out of the way and enables students to focus on crafting fantastic visual stories,’ explains Charlie Reisinger, a school Technology Director in Pennsylvania.”

Project Audio: Teaching Students How to Produce Their Own Podcasts (New York Times)

New York Times: Project Audio: Teaching Students How to Produce Their Own Podcasts. “Given the recent rise in podcast popularity, it’s no surprise that audio narratives are making their way into the classroom. They offer an engaging way for teachers to merge project-based learning with digital media analysis and production skills. That’s why we’re announcing our first-ever Student Podcast Contest, in which we invite students to submit original podcasts, five minutes long or less, inspired by one of our 1,000-plus writing prompts. The contest will run from April 26 to May 25, so stay tuned for our official contest announcement next week.” Aside from the contest information, this is a really useful walkthrough for teaching students to create a podcast.

Larry Ferlazzo: National Geographic’s “Open Explorer” Lets Anyone Create Their Own Expedition

Larry Ferlazzo: National Geographic’s “Open Explorer” Lets Anyone Create Their Own Expedition. “National Geographic has just unveiled Open Explorer. They call it a ‘digital field journal’ where anyone can document their exploration of anything (they use ‘your backyard’ as one simple example), as well as follow the explorations of others (many are much more involved than a backyard).”

Teacher Reboot Camp: 34+ Nonsense Apps, Web Tools and Resources to Wake Up the Brain Cells!

Teacher Reboot Camp: 34+ Nonsense Apps, Web Tools and Resources to Wake Up the Brain Cells!. “Students can get restless about this time of year. Summer vacation is near and so is April Fool’s Day and Easter. Many students also are testing or gearing up for graduation and this can be a stressful time for both teachers and students. Humor can help you and students avoid burn-out. Humor also engages students and keeps their minds open to the learning when implemented appropriately! Below are some free web tools, apps, and resources to add some humor to lessons.” Have to do a silliness roundup every now and again.

ALA District Dispatch: Who owns culture? An introduction to copyright for undergraduate students

ALA District Dispatch: Who owns culture? An introduction to copyright for undergraduate students. “We are excited to offer our next CopyTalk webinar about teaching undergraduates about copyright. Sounds like a tall order, but these undergraduates actually choose to take a semester-length copyright course as an elective. Tammy Ravas will discuss her multidisciplinary approach to teaching copyright, outline the topics taught in the course, give examples of lesson plans, show general progress of students enrolled in the class, and share what worked and what did not.” The Webinar takes place March 1 and is free, but is limited to 100 people.

Fake news ‘vaccine’: Online game may ‘inoculate’ by simulating propaganda tactics (Phys .org)

Phys .org: Fake news ‘vaccine’: Online game may ‘inoculate’ by simulating propaganda tactics . “A new online game puts players in the shoes of an aspiring propagandist to give the public a taste of the techniques and motivations behind the spread of disinformation—potentially ‘inoculating’ them against the influence of so-called fake news in the process.”