Thursday, 1 May 2014

Microsoft tools #4 – Use Photosynth to capture the world in 3D

Submitted by Fiona Beal
Microsoft's Photosynth is a powerful set of tools for capturing and viewing the world in 3D. You can share your creations with your friends on Facebook, publish them to Bing, or embed them in your own blog or Web site. Here’s the big picture from Microsoft  http://bit.ly/1ndqR9p 

How to get started
• Go to http://photosynth.net/ and join.
• It will ask you to download the application on to your computer.

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Ideas for the classroom
1. Give a tour of your classroom. I tried this in 2011
http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=fd71f194-6973-42ca-85f2-f6633b18ab26




2. You could create a vocabulary game
http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=5767adbc-f7b8-4d9d-ab38-7aec9558820e



The vocabulary game shown above was created by Bart from Belgium (http://teacherinresidence.wordpress.com/) It has to be moved manually by dragging the image to the left or rght using your mouse

3. You could show a panoramic view taken on a field trip
This is one taken in Seattle in 2011 by Margaret  Mejers during our Partners in Learning Institute. (This has to be moved manually using your mouse)



4. This is a photosynth of a History teacher's classroom
http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=fe562a93-2625-48a6-a999-625af9fae584

5. Use Photosynth to keep your school Art Exhibition online all year round as shown by these examples from Wooton Basset School  http://goo.gl/0G3zTT .
Here is one of the examples: http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=24e1d54a-11c5-4945-b528-2ca4496f1189

Microsoft provides plenty of online help for Photosynth
Take a look at this tip sheet shown at http://goo.gl/Ht0eR2 

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Tutorial on how to use Photosynth
Here is a video from UK Partners in Learning

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