Each year exceptional teachers from around the country apply to be Grosvenor Teacher Fellows and join us for expeditions to the Arctic, Galapagos, and more. The teachers selected participate in the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program, named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman Emeritus, National Geographic Society and Education Foundation. The program is designed to give teachers and educators the opportunity to extend Grosvenor’s legacy of excellence in geographic education, in this case through firsthand experience that they can bring back to their classroom and beyond.
One of those teachers, Jesse Lowes, joined us in Galapagos with a small Ricoh Theta camera, which is capable of shooting 360-degree photos. He put together a virtual map of his expedition that allows you to see and interact with some of the places we explore as well as our ship, the 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour.
He said, “I had a lot of fun working with the 360 camera that I used during my Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship. I am still floored by the opportunity to join on the expedition and it continues to be a life and profession changing experience!”
Check out the 360 photos. A bit on navigating: use the yellow arrows in the spheres to move, and you’ll find the white icons link to online readings, video, or video spheres. Also, if you hit the 3D icon on a device you can pan around the sphere, and if you hit the Cardboard icon and drop your phone in a Google Cardboard viewer for the full VR experience.