FlyInside.com is a virtual tour site specifically geared toward real estate.  About a year ago when I discovered FlyInside, it was obvious to me that this was the type of Web 2.0 tool that was created for one purpose but could be usurped for another.  So, I hijacked it for learning.  I believe this is one of the strong characteristics of Web 2.0 for learning, or as some folks are referring to Pedagogy 2.0 or eLearning 2.0.  The design characteristics that are indicative of Web 2.0 tools, I believe, also make them easy targets for repurposing…and I feel like I was right (see below).

In a nutshell.  At its bones, FlyInside is a slideshow maker, not unlike Bubbleshare or Scrapblog.  It even comes built in with the somewhat “cheesy” background music.  However, FlyInside does offer some easy navigation and some legitimate “less cheesy” looking titling/captions.  The other element that FlyInside does really well is focus on the image.  It doesn’t let you as a creator become distracted by the backgrounds and templates.  (In real estate, you care about what the living room and kitchen look like, not what nice slide background was chosen.)  So, the photo fills the screen.  So, I find this incredibly appealing, specifically where learner might best represent their learning with a digital camera.

Here are a couple of examples of preservice teacher projects of using FlyInside for curricular content.  I’d like to hear if you’ve used FlyInside or if you have hijacked other tools for your purposes.
    • Architecture of Columns by Katie Fineup
    • World War I statue photo essay by David Mars


 


Comments

Joy

Wed, 29 Oct 2008 17:12:58

Dr. Grant,
I attend Union University, and I am in Dr. Clifford's class on Technology in the Classroom and heard your lecture on web 2.0 technology. As a class, we are using Flyinside to create virtual fieldtrips for our future classrooms. I found that Flyinside is such an easy tool to use, and even though it is directed towards the real estate profession, I think it can be a great resource for the classroom as well.
Thanks!

 

Sarah Golding

Wed, 29 Oct 2008 19:12:51

Dr. Grant,
I attend Union and went to your lecture on Web 2.0 technology. I also created a virtual fieldtrip using FlyInside. It was really simple and very easy to download and organize pictures. FlyInside really is a great resource for learning, because, as you said, it lets you focus on the image. Thank you for sharing your discoveries!

 

Vickie Cooper

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 17:32:16

Dr. Grant,
I loved the idea of using a real estate tool as a virtual field trip for students/teachers. I think this is a fun and educational experience for use in the classroom. This idea will augment student's learning in a unique way.

 

Sat, 14 Feb 2009 19:35:35

I agree so many of the virtual tour tools available to realtors are rather cheesy.
Get one of the photo services with a remote controlled helicopter to fly around and hover for views on your property. It gives an amazing perspective of the home for more upscale properties and you can incorporate it into a film that you load to your site.

 

Mon, 16 Feb 2009 13:59:20

I love the idea of this - so inventive!

 

Mon, 16 Feb 2009 13:59:51

Great post!

 



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