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I. Orientation: How to Use Existing Gigapans to Enhance Learning

Please visit these links to get started and learn more about using Gigapan in the classroom.

Three different Gigapan Websites provide an avenue for utilizing this technology to enhance your curriculum even if you don’t have a robot to take your own gigapans.  Let’s look at some gigapans and consider how they could be used with students.

o   How can I use this image in my classroom?
o   What questions can I ask my students about this image?
o   What questions might my students ask about the image?
o   What can my students learn about themselves and others from this image?


This main site holds thousands of gigapans that have been shot all over the world. It is a treasure trove where you are likely to find just what you are looking for.  A basic account on this site is free, and allows you to take “snapshots” and make comments.

Open the Market at San Francisco image in a new tab.
o   Login in the upper right corner.  If you don't have a login, use the temporary account: login: guestCI350; password: CI350
o   Click on a snapshot underneath the picture to read a comment and view the zoomed in portion of the image.
o   Click on view all at the bottom of the zoom scale to see the entire panorama.  Then double click on an interesting place in the image.  You can do that more than once to keep zooming closer. 

Explore these other images:
Obama Inauguration

Machu Picchu from lower terrace
(snapshot: rocks; then click on view comments to see answer) Go to rocks snapshot, CW made snapshot and Gigapan photographer answered her question the next day. Machu Picchu is an Inca site in the Andes Mountains of Peru. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been called one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Hiram Bingham is credited with discovering Machu Picchu, but there were people living there at the time of his "discovery".

(snapshot: nice tentacle shot) This is a small barnacle on the shell of a crab found washed up on big river beach in Mendocino, you can see the crab shell around the base of the barnacle. The barnacle is sitting next to a slightly larger barnacle which you can see part of on the right side of the picture. It is magnified 800x using a scanning electron microscope, and the image is composed of 384 pictures. This Gigapan is part of the Nano Gigapan project.

Gigapan Magazine

Gigapan Magazine has guest editors who choose gigapans connected by a theme: click on BROWSE to show list of editions.

o   Go to: http://gigapanmagazine.org
o   Click on Browse and choose Volume 1 Issue 3 Culture Shop.
o   Click on Stories in the left hand menu and then browse some of the stories included in this issue of Gigapan Magazine.

Culture Shop (theme: stores around the world)
It is this direct and ordinary nature of everyday places which has the ability to transmit a sense of culture. Stores communicate the uniqueness of life as it is in any given place.

Remembering Grandpa
After Grandpa retired from being a jeweler in Missouri, he kept the store and filled the display cases with various items he collected as well as many handicrafts that he and Grandma had created. I have always loved visiting Grandpa's store--you never know what interesting curiosities you might find.

Nut Shop: Tehran, Iran
Tavazo-e-Bustan Nut Store is located in Bustan shopping center near Punak Square. You can find many different kinds of nuts in the photo, also many chocolates, even drinks such as Rani.

Gigapan Dialogues Website

Gigapan School Dialogues was created for student interaction and use. This is where the majority of the Gigapan Projects in this guide are housed. This is where you and your students can interact with classrooms around the world, and because it is password protected, it is a safe online environment. Teachers monitor discussions, and all users are formally registered. Go to CONTACT tab to communicate with CREATE Lab and register as a user.

Try this interactive presentation http://education.Gigapan.org/project/199 using guest login: Username guest C1350 password: C1350. You will notice that the Gigapan images on this project page link to Dialogues as well as to the other Gigapan sites! In this way, you and your students can see the work of scientists, archeologists, artists and more.

All projects are listed by a project number tacked on to the end of the address: for example http://education.Gigapan.org/project/175. The PROJECTS tab takes you to a listing of all the projects created in the schools. Projects descriptions are written by the teacher, or project creator. Gigapans that are not associated with a project are listed like this http://education.Gigapan.org/pano/898 using the code “pano” in place of “project”.

You must be a member of a project in order to take snapshots and engage in conversation.

Gigapan Time Machine

Each Time Machine captures a process in extreme detail over space and time, with billions of pixels of explorable resolution. Travel back in time to witness the creation of the universe. See more Gigapan Time Machines.

GigaPan Education & Research Incentive

For qualified applicants, GigaPan will offer the opportunity to purchase a GigaPan EPIC or EPIC 100 with a discount of 20% off the listed price. To learn more about how you can apply for the GigaPan Education and Research Incentive, please contact us.