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.
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.
Facilitate a discussion using the following questions as guidelines:
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:
Find more guiding questions in the MY World Challenge Program Guide.
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.
See resources below for more information on each of these steps.
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.
Google Street View Apps (to capture 360º images)
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.