Some Free February Appy-ness with a new piece of free software for teachers from Microsoft every day in February. Many of these items are unknown heroes, but they all share two things in common: 1) They are useful for teachers or students and 2) they are free.
Photosynth takes your photos, mashes them together and recreates a 3D scene out of them that anyone can view and move around in. Different to static photos and video, Photosynth allows you to explore details of places, objects, and events unlike any other media. You can’t stop video, move around and zoom in to check out the smallest details, but with Photosynth you can. And you can’t look at a photo gallery and immediately see the spatial relation between the photos, but with Photosynth you can!
Create a collage quickly and easily
For an idea of how it can be used in the classroom, take a look at some of the best:
Or you can explore the world’s 250,000 Photosynths from a map - with the Bing Photosynth map, including over 5,000 of Australia alone.
One of my personal favourite ideas is the Photosynth produced for Wootton Bassett School’s art exhibition. Ts is a great use for Photosynth - taking a 3 day school art expo, and making it permanently available to everybody.
Where can I find out how to use it?
My personal tip to make a fascinating, immersive Photosynth is to keep changing your camera perspective - move around the thing you are photographing - rather than simply making it a flat panorama.