The use of 360-degree video has grown in recent years, providing users with the opportunity to travel to new environments from the comfort of their classrooms. 360-degree video, or 360 video, is an innovative technology that uses an omnidirectional camera to capture the entire surroundings of the camera. This new technology poses a unique opportunity for educators to teach critical content through these immersive experiences.
Discovering FARMLAND is excited to take your agriculture lessons to the next level with all new 360 videos. With these videos, your students will learn about sustainable agriculture technologies and explore what it’s really like to live on a modern farm.
Here are four ways 360 videos can enhance your agriculture lessons and get your students excited about advancements in agriculture.
1. Active Participation in the Experience
While a traditional video is a valuable curriculum tool, it puts the viewer in a passive role. With 360 videos, your students will no longer sit back and just watch. They will participate in what they are seeing. By actively involving your students in the lesson, they will better retain the information. Students can explore the space as the lesson is being delivered, allowing for a more tangible experience. Whether it’s a barn, field, or modern farm technology, your students will be immersed and can gain valuable insights into life on a farm.
2. Gain Exclusive Access
When your students step into a 360-degree world, they are empowered by an active user experience. Students can control the camera view and change the perspective while the curriculum is being presented. Users aren’t limited to a singular view. Instead, they are invited to engage with the full world around them.
A regular camera can typically capture a 140-degree view. In comparison, a 360-degree camera can capture footage in front of, behind, above, and below its location. 360 videos need at least 3-5 feet of distance between the camera and the subject. With the film crew further distanced from the camera, there is greater opportunity to capture organic experiences that may be lost in traditional filming.
Still from Robotic Milkers 360 Video from Inside the Machine
3. See Everything
Many of us have never been to a farm, making 360 video of a modern farm a valuable educational tool. With 360 video, students can see how seamlessly modern farm technology, such as automatic milkers and feeders, pair with what they might think of as a “traditional” farm setting.
360 video also allows you to go behind-the-scenes. The 360 video filming process allows the crew to set the camera up and leave it unattended. This allows for true filming of animals that might be spooked by the presence of a big camera and humans. With this exclusive view, students will be able to move around, see everything, and gain a true understanding of life on a modern farm.
Still from Automatic Feeders of the Cows Enjoying Their Lunch
4. Encourage Curiosity
There’s no question that 360 video will allow your students to see more, but what about the value of their educational experience? By using 360 video your students will actively experience the material and take control of the lesson. Since 360 video puts the student in the driver’s seat, they can explore areas of their choice, and will be encouraged to explore different areas of agriculture that interest them.
Discovering FARMLAND’s all new 360 videos will give your students an inside look at modern technology on a farm. Immerse your students in this dynamic 360 virtual experience to bring your agriculture lesson to the next level!