Kelluwen is a project aimed to develop didactic experiences involving social web tools in schools under poverty in southern Chile. We are making pilots, twice a year, involving several schools from different cities in southern Chile. Now we are in the middle of our third pilot with a total of 31 didactic experiences (31 different classrooms) in 12 different schools (most located in Valdivia). Some of these classrooms are running special instructional designs using GigaPan Edu equipment and site.
Now there are 9 classrooms in two projects on education.gigapan.org. The two projects are:
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"Fotografiando y construyendo nuestros espacios geográficos y entorno" (Taking photos and building our geographic space and environment) in which groups of students of different classrooms take panoramas of their own locations.
"Te cuento mi cuento" (I tell you a Tale), in which, students from different schools play roles of a story read and represent them in a sort of static theater.
We hope our classrooms are taking gigapans and commenting them in the next weeks, so take a look if you want. Unfortunately, all project descriptions and comments are only in spanish!
I want to mention that training sessions were specially tiring. Some of the teachers needs quite well and precise instructions and I realize that it would be necessary to split training program into two sessions: 1) set up equipment (camera and robot) and taking panoramas, 2) stitching, uploading and linking panoramas to the educational site. We have an specially trained assistant per teacher, but still we want to give schools teachers the opportunity of using the equipment (some of them showed special interest and we expect they go further with it). Also I wrote a guide (thank you Clara for base material) in spanish. I include it below.
I have a small Audio Visual team of middle school students at school and we learned how to set up the camera by watching Dr. Illah Nourbakhsh’s tutorials on YouTube. The students learned so much and we got right to work and photographed our “Grand Canyon” bookshelves - similar to the bookshelf model used in Dr. Nourbakhsh’s tutorials. We experimented with more GigaPanning throughout the year and learned a lot by trail and error.
I took advantage of the opportunity to attend a hands-on GigaPan training at CMU on April 20, 2011. Tom, a seventh grade student who helps to train other students using the GigaPan, also attended with his mother. This three hour session let by Clara Phillips was a great opportunity to review what we had been doing, get additional tips and tricks, share our successes with other GigaPanners, and ask questions. Clara took her time demonstrating everything from setting up the camera and tripod to stitching and uploading the images to the GigaPan site. She explained each step of the how to share GigaPans, take shapshots, benefits of tagging your photos, and placing them in Google Earth. We also had the opportunity to take some GigaPans on site and share them. The workshop was very well organized and it was a pleasure to be part of this class. I also enjoyed meeting all the other attendees.
An added bonus to attending this workshop was meeting “Tank” the roboceptionist who directed us to the class when we entered the Newell-Simon Hall. Thank you to CREATE Lab for all that you do for teachers, students, and the community!
Here is the animoto....
For GigaPan setup go to Part 2 and scroll forward to 6:20min
Part 1 Setup and Camera Menus
Part 2 Camera and Gigapan Settings
For GigaPan setup, scroll forward to 6:20min
Part 3 Shoot Panorama and Align Images for Stitching
Part 4 Stitch and Upload