Walking in the shoes of the other has long been a quintessential part of Catholic Mission’s formation experience, but now it is set to take on a new meaning. Mission in 360 utilises virtual reality technology with footage shot in communities around the world.
Simone Medri, Catholic Mission’s Digital and Online Manager, has been responsible for the implementation of Mission in 360. He says it opens up a range of learning and formation opportunities, particularly for students.
"We have begun to trial Mission in 360 in schools around the country with students who normally participate in our education programs, and it is a completely new way of learning for them," he says.
"The beauty of Mission in 360 is that it transports the viewer into the scene, so they can be a part of that life for a few minutes."
The specially designed goggles can be used with almost any smartphone to enjoy the 360-degree experiences available on Catholic Mission’s website and YouTube channel. Communities from Uganda and Ethiopia are featured in the first videos.
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Georges Hall was among the first schools to have trialled Mission in 360. Religious Education Coordinator Michelle Gear was enthusiastic about the possibilities for her students.
"To have the opportunity to be in a different environment and to see the different lifestyles that people live is definitely going to be beneficial to their own learning," she said. "I think it’s really good to see things from a different perspective."
Mission in 360 will be made available to schools during World Mission Month celebrations in October. Visit www.catholicmission.org.au/360 to view Catholic Mission’s 360-degree experiences.
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