Microsoft tools #4 – Use Photosynth to capture the world in 3D

Submitted by Fiona Beal

Microsoft’s Photosynth is a powerful set of tools for capturing and
viewing the world in 3D. You can share your creations with your friends on
Facebook, publish them to Bing, or embed them in your own blog or Web site.
Here’s the big picture from Microsoft 

How to get started

• Go to and join.

• It will ask you to download the application on to your computer.


Ideas for the classroom

1. Give a tour of your classroom. I tried this in 2011

2. You could create a vocabulary game

The vocabulary game shown above was created by Bart from Belgium ( It has to be moved manually by dragging the image to the left or rght using your mouse

3. You could show a panoramic view taken on a field trip

This is one taken in Seattle in 2011 by Margaret  Mejers during our Partners in Learning Institute. (This has to be moved manually using your mouse)

4. This is a photosynth of a History teacher’s classroom

5. Use Photosynth to keep your school Art Exhibition online all year round as shown by these examples from Wooton Basset School .

Here is one of the examples:

Microsoft provides plenty of online help for Photosynth

Take a look at this tip sheet shown at 


Tutorial on how to use Photosynth

Here is a video from UK Partners in Learning

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