Explore the world with the Discovery VR App

Discovery VR is a new video resource from Discovery Education. The app allows you to explore a wide range of content filmed by Discovery on your phone, iPad or via a VR headset such as Google Cardboard.

When viewed on a phone or iPad, the videos work as 360 videos, so you don’t need any special viewers if you don’t have access to one. You can just tilt and move the iPad to look around or pan around with your finger. But if you do have a Google Cardboard VR Viewer then you can view the videos in 360 3D too.

Discovery VR

The app includes video content from television shows such as MythBusters as well as:

• Heart-pounding adventures from incredible camera angles – like mountain biking, surfing and freeboarding
• Underwater explorations like the shark-infested shipwrecks off Stuart Cove’s
• And stunning celebrations of our planet – such as a hike through the giant California redwoods or early morning on the Pacific Ocean.

Discovery VR

The app works fine on my iPad, but is a bit of a pain on a headset if you want to watch several videos in sequence. Currently you have to choose a video, put your phone back in to watch it, then take the phone out to choose another one. Would be nice if the whole interface worked inside the Cardboard headset.

The app is free, so it’s well worth downloading to see if there are any videos you can use with your class. You can get more information, and download links at www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/discoveryvr.

If you like this – also check out Google Expeditions, which gives you even more things to do with a set of VR headsets.

 

 

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Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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