“Google Expeditions is a virtual-reality (VR) teaching tool. You can swim with sharks, visit outer space, walk through a museum, and more without leaving the classroom!” (Google).
Our students were lucky enough to be introduced to Google Expeditions this week by a Google representative and experienced walking through the major cities of the world, swimming through the Great Barrier Reef, and exploring inside the human body to see how all our vital organs work. There is a VR expedition to support every subject, with over 500 to choose from and more in development.
This is an excellent way of enhancing learning for our students. Teachers can guide students through videos, 3D images and panoramas and help them visualise the theory they have learnt in class. Students are asked questions and can be directed to certain elements of the VR to highlight important details.
"Our experience with Google Expeditions was amazing. It felt very real, like we were actually there! We learnt about the Seven Wonders of the World, the spectacular Northern Lights, and even went back in time to the Jurassic Period! We saw many landmarks including Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. It was fantastic and we hope to do it again soon!" Year 7 Geography students.
Students can enjoy the use of this app at home too, by downloading and purchasing their own ‘Google Cardboard’ for their phone. Find out more here.