New to Google Earth and Google Maps? Start here, video tutorials http://www.google.com/earth/outreach/tutorials/index.html
The convergence of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), 360-degree panoramic VR photography and data can be used to produce immersive geolocated virtual environments.
Microsoft Research: Street Slide http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/kopf/street_slide/index.html
360 Cities http://www.360cities.net/ (these can also be accessed from within Google Earth)
The Gigapan Curriculum Collection enables professors, teachers and instructors to teach their students how to take panoramic HD images, and share them around the world. Gigapan offers educators a malleable vehicle to initiate a worldwide conversation between people of all ages, genders, cultures, and languages so that they become knowledgeable about their own environment and understand and care about the issues facing the world today.
JISC Digital Media offer an online infokit on Digital 3D Content.The infokit covers a number of 3D topics, from the perspective of those within academia, such as:
Falling costs and simplified workflows means using 3D content is now a realistic option, even for the non-specialist.