Today I discovered another little gem that could inspire some fantastic writing linked to Star Wars. Recently, Facebook released different 360 degree videos. Users can explore the videos by dragging their cursors within videos on the desktop or by physically tilting their phones while watching on mobile. Each video is a few minutes long and gives users a completely spherical—that is, 360-degree—way to explore sand dunes, the ocean, or, say, a galaxy far, far away.
I have previously blogged about 360 videos and you can read about them here.
Here is the Facebook Star Wars post -
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Immersive 360 Experience
Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook.
Posted by Star Wars on Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The problem for most teachers will be having access to this to use in classroom, therefore I have added a YouTube clip below-
How to use the video -
- Using Airserver, record a video of the children exploring the video -
- Ask the children to explore the video a couple of times and write down what they can see/hear, once they have listed different nouns in one colour, ask them to generate some adjectives and verbs and link these with different colours. Do the same with adverbs to create a spider diagram full of vocabulary linked to what they observed in the video -
- Encourage the children to start constructing sentences from the vocab spider. This gives you a perfect opportunity to introduce or deepen children's understanding of some Exciting Sentences.
- Build these sentences into a short narrative.
- Put a copy of the video into iMovie and allow the children to record themselves performing their writing over the video.
- Use this as a useful editing tool and encourage them to try and make their writing match the video. This keeps the flow to the narrative and can really help children avoid over flowery writing.
- Give children plenty of time to record so it is more fluent and expressive.
- Add in sound effects or even a soundtrack.
- Export the video and share on your school blog for the world to see!