Class Tech Tips: 15 Fantastic Virtual Reality in Education Resources

Class Tech Tips: 15 Fantastic Virtual Reality in Education Resources

YouTube 360 Videos

Over the past few weeks I’ve spotlighted some of my favorite 360 video resources on YouTube. What’s great about this tool is that you can see videos from lots of providers all in one place. Many of the YouTube users who post 360 videos are part of larger organizations you’re already familiar with. At the bottom of this post I include some favorites.

This includes The Telegraph which is great for virtual field trips to London or to see news stories brought to life. You can learn more about all of their videos and see some of my favorites by clicking here. I love the Tour of London video that gives students a view of this notable space.

Extreme Field Trips

The image collection from LIFE magazine is fantastic. When I heard they are now sharing 360 videos I was super excited to check out their virtual reality content. You can take students on an extreme field trip to Mount Everest and learn more about a trek in their thoughtfully created videos.

Nearpod is absolute favorite tool for the classroom (I explain why here) and I love their virtual reality field trips. In this post I’ve spotlighted seven of my favorite lessons. These lessons are awesome for K-12 students and cover a range of subject areas.

The folks at Parks Explorer have created a mobile app that lets students navigate through various national parks. If you get my free newsletter you probably know how much I love snapping pictures and capturing 360 video in different outside spots. This app is updating all the time so you’ll want to check out what they currently have in store for viewers.

Although I’ve taken students to field trips to the Museum of Natural History here in New York City, even this video takes it to the next level. Hosted on Vimeo, another great platform for viewing media, I love what their team has created. It’s definitely worth checking out!

The News

I love how virtual reality can change the way we think about current events. Reading about a place is powerful but spinning around to see it from all angles is a totally new experience. CNN has an archive of virtual reality videos for students and teachers to explore. I share some of my favorites on this list.

Everyday the New York Times continues to add impressive content to their virtual reality library! Connected to current events or telling a lost story, it’s powerful and well produced. I give an overview of the tool here and you can see their latest content on their homepage.

Creation Central

In a few posts this year on my Facebook page I’ve shared how excited I am about capturing 360 video with my new Insta360 camera. It is so easy to use and I’ve taken it with me to conferences and school visits all over the place. If you want to make your own virtual reality videos make sure to check out this camera.

Ready to make your own virtual reality headsets for the classroom? Here’s my guide to printing your very own viewfinder with a 3D printer. Of course, getting your students to design their own with a tool like Tinkercad is a fantastic problem solving activity.

A Few More

Here are a few more virtual reality in education resources to check out:

Virtual reality tools can transport your students to new places. You might use these resources to help students build background knowledge or strengthen their vocabulary around a new topic. The possibilities are endless, but remember… it’s so important to put tasks before apps. Make sure to identify your goals and use virtual reality to elevate the learning experience for students!

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Monica Burns is a fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom. Visit her website at for creative education technology tips and technology lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Standards.