Jun 082009

It’s been an ambition of mine to create my own immersive VR panoramas ever since I first came across the 360 Cities website. After saving up for a decent camera, lens and the requisite tripod technology, I’m finally up and running. I bulked at the cost of stitiching software though, and while I really liked PTgui and would love a copy of Autodesk Stitcher I can’t afford them. Fortunately, Hugin is free, Open Source and totally brilliant. I also use Cubic Converter to extract cube faces from the equirectangular images in order to clone out the tripod.

There’s so much to learn about this form of photography; it’s not quite as easy as I had imagined. Here’s one of the first images I’ve produced:

The Nave, Wells Cathedral in England

I’m planning to create a series of images specifically for classroom use. These will eventually be available on Juicy Geography. An example is this image of a brown-field site:

Morlands, Glastonbury in England

I notice that if you right click on the image you can choose different projections. This one works quite well as a “little planet”

Brownfield site, Glastonbury as a Little Planet

Brownfield site, Glastonbury as a Little Planet

Please get in touch if you have suggestions for a panorama for the geography classroom. And if you do use one, why not help me to recoup the massive financial investment by donating to the site development of  Juicy Geography?

Virtual Marching, Kung Fu Panda and other news

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Nov 212008

Some brief updates and news…

Action Aid contacted me with news about an interesting free online resource called 20 Years of Chembakolli. More details below:

ActionAid has worked very closely with the tribal people of south India for many years, initially supporting them to fight for rights to their ancestral land, and in subsequent years in producing a range of Key Stage 2 resources for UK primary schools. The QCA even built up a scheme of work around ‘A village in India’ making explicit reference to our resources.


Join the March

We’ve launched a free online march to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the land rights marches that helped the Adivasis secure the rights to their land. The march allows teachers and pupils to join the march themselves and send a message of support to the Adivasis. It also allows them to explore the landscapes of Gudalur and, closer to the actual anniversary, the village of Chembakolli. They can click on buildings, objects and people to see photographs and learn more about life in south India.

Thanks to Adam Brewer who has contributed a really fun “Kung Fu” activity to Juicy Geography that is guaranteed to enliven the teaching of plate tectonics!

The Vendee Globe race is proving very popular among my Year 7, who won’t settle down until they’ve plotted their chosen skipper on their tracking maps. The Vendee Globe site hosts daily videos and podcasts and the key page for checking the current position of the boats is here. (Relating to a recent post)

Great news for 360 cities.net – their panoramic content now appears as a layer in Google Earth. Usually I rely on Google Earth blog for this kind of update, but I noticed it yesterday while running a Google Earth training course. I’m convinced it wasn’t there in the morning, but appeared just after I’d demonstrated the site to the participants. (related post)

Some iPhone news. The 2.2 update has arived. Lots of grumbling from some blogs that the update doesn’t feature cut and paste, Flash, voice guidance, toast making or world peace, however it does bring Street View to the platform. I’m finding my phone incredibly useful in the classroom, really just for the simple things – music, the decibel meter and the brilliantly simple stop watch for games such as Just a Minute. I use Maps, Evernote, Remember the Milk, Fizz Weather every day, and I still don’t care that the camera is useless and there’s no video. For the benefit of anyone accessing Digital Geography with an iPhone, I’ve installed the wpTouch plugin which renders the site super-efficiently like this:

Finally – it’s been two weeks since the very last malicious script was discovered and removed from my web server and no subsequent hacks – yay!