LESSON PLAN

THE VR PRODUCER: My World360

Created in partnership with MYWorld360, students will learn to capture 360° media, a format that captures the world in every direction at once — up, down, and all around. It’s an incredible, immersive experience, as if you were dropped into someone else’s shoes.

Purpose

The goal of this lesson plan is to teach your students how to create 360° media, a new format that captures the world in every direction at once — up, down, and all around. It’s an incredible, immersive experience, as if you were dropped into someone else’s shoes.

BENEFITS:

  • Understand and critically evaluate a social issue.
  • Engage with the social issue and apply learning to one’s own community.
  • Collaborate with peers.
  • Learn how to structure and execute a production plan.
  • Learn advanced digital skills.
  • Exercise presentation and communication skills.

STEP 1: 360/VR AND EMPATHY

Begin by introducing the concept of 360° media to your students and share your thoughts about its use in developing empathy and awareness. 

Prior to viewing the films, introduce the SIFT Worksheet. This is a graphic organizer designed to help students keep track of their reactions while viewing the films. Using the worksheet during the film viewing, ask students to notice and record any physical SENSATIONS, any IMAGES that are particularly evocative, any FEELINGS that they experience, and any THOUGHTS that occur to them. Be sure to supply one worksheet per film for each student.

In addition, ask your students to write down any thoughts and questions they had while watching the films.

Screen the film(s). After watching each film, allow time for students to discuss their reactions either as a class or in small groups.

Hint: This reflection is a critical step in learning from the film as it allows an opportunity for participants to make an emotional connection to the issues through the storytelling.

STEP 2: CRITICAL THINKING Empower and inspire with VR

Facilitate a discussion using the following questions as guidelines: 

  • What do you think are the benefits of 360? In what ways is it different from a usual film?
  • What did you like about the story?
  • How can we use 360° media to empower and inspire people across the world to take action to make a positive change for people and the planet?
  • How are the SDGs important for you and the people around you?

Invite your students to transform their discussions into a concrete story that will get their message across, putting a spotlight on the issues most relevant to their community. These questions may help your students find their story:

  • What story do you want to tell?
  • How might you inspire action for positive change?
  • How might you help people learn something new?

Find more guiding questions in the MY World Challenge Program Guide.

STEP 3: COLLABORATION Make it together

Show your students the skills and knowledge they need to be able to amplify their voices using 360° media. There will be three stages in this process.

Pre-production

  • Create a production plan
  • Build a storyboard of each scene
  • Get all the permissions and media releases to start filming

Production

  • Start capturing their media

Post-production:

  • Edit the elements that contain the story together

 

See resources below for more information on each of these steps.

STEP 4: SHOW TIME Share it together

Ask your students to share their final productions with the class. Each group should introduce their 360° media, explaining why they decided to tell this story and what they learned about production.

Duration

These stages may be spread over four lessons or a whole semester depending on how the tasks are assigned to the students.

Preparation

Review the program guide from Digital Promise Global, which includes resources to help you get ideas about how to use and create 360° media. Select 3-5 films from the SIMA 360/VR films or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Spotlight. You can also find more information about the Sustainable Development Goals here.

Bonus Option

Invite students to create and implement a plan to share their work with a wider audience (school, community, organizations, etc.) Consider the following questions to think about how to present the 360° media project.

  •     How can my 360° media make an impact?
  •     How can I get my story in front of the right audience?
  •     What is the best way to share 360° media?
  •     How do I know what impact I made?

Resources:

MY World 360º Challenge Program Guide

MY World survey tool

Google Street View Apps (to capture 360º images)

Pre-production / Production / Post-production

This resource is adapted from MY World 360º, a partnership between Digital Promise Global, the United Nations SDG Action Campaign, and Oculus inviting youth worldwide to create 360° media as a way to share their perspectives and advance positive action toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learn more and get involved here.