360 Filmmakers Challenge Toolkit

Learn about the 360 Filmmakers Challenge Toolkit and access the table of contents.

Welcome to the 360 Filmmakers Challenge Toolkit!

These resources were developed for educators and youth interested in learning how to create stories and immersive experiences using 360-degree video. We hope this will be a fruitful opportunity for you to explore and share your ideas as well as learn new skills.

About This Toolkit
The Toolkit includes 6 chapters, one for each phase of the production process, from learning about 360 video to sharing your own final product. Each chapter begins with a Cover Page which will identify the Objective for that part of the process. Additional resources in the chapter can be accessed from the tabs at the top.

Information for Educators (click arrow to view)

Thanks for visiting this toolkit! Feel free to use this in your classroom for any kind of 360 video production. Some information, such as the equipment we discuss, is specific to the 360 Filmmakers Challenge program. However, much of the other information will be very useful!

Our Approach to Learning

Because video production is a creative process and 360 video is a new medium, this experience should be a valuable learning experience for everyone involved. At Digital Promise Global, our approach centers on learners driving their own experience. Each Toolkit Chapter can be approached in three learning phases: Engage (identify the goal and focus your ideas), Investigate (learn what is necessary to make progress towards the goal), and Act (put your plan into action). We also encourage participants to document and reflect on their experience throughout the process, perhaps by keeping a group blog. To learn more about the pedagogical foundation for this process, check out Challenge Based Learning.

Tips for 360 Video in the Classroom

360 video is an engaging, creative way for students to explore their passions while developing important skills and confidence with a new kind of technology. Here are a few things we've learned about using 360 video production as a learning tool:

  • Let students lead — you'll quickly identify students who have an interest in diving deep into how the technology works if this isn't your specialty.
  • In terms of time required, a very basic one-shot 360 video can be produced in an afternoon; a more thoughtful, complex, edited piece can take weeks. In the 360 Filmmakers Challenge, we recommend 8-12 weeks (1-2 for each phase in the toolkit).
  • The last section of the toolkit, Sharing, is important — when we have an authentic audience for our work, we're more likely to create something we're proud to share. Look for ways to showcase your students' work with the community and the world.

How to learn more

Please feel free to get in touch with us at Digital Promise Global to learn more about the 360 Filmmakers Challenge. We're happy to share more! Email us at 360challenge@digitalpromise.org.

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