They called these images bubbles. The app is called bubbli and I created my first practice in a few minutes. It's that easy and is that cool.
Here's how it works. Download the app, open it, then click the record icon. Pivot your body so that you record everything around you. (Yes, up and down and left and right.)
When you stop recording you upload the images to the cloud, where they are stitched together into one seamless image. Once you see the image you'll see why Bubbli's slogan is, "The next best thing to being there."
The output images are amazingly clear. You can share what you create via email or social media. You have the option to record sound while you are recording. And it's FREE (but only for iPhones...for now).
It's easy to see how we could use Bubbli with our students. Make it the presentation tool for projects they would do outside school, as, for example, if they built a World War I trench at home. Or they could make a Bubbli of a battle scene, like the Siege at Yorktown or the D-Day landings. Really they could use it for anything they built that was three-dimensional.
Bubbli has a well-developed set of video tutorials. Click here to see them.
And click here for a 2013 USA Today rave review about Bubbli. Add my own raves to the list.