On Thursday, January 21, some lucky Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) students were launched into a different dimension with 30-minute virtual reality field trips. The Google Expedition Pioneer Program (GEPP) visited MVHS to transport students to exotic destinations through a simple tablet, cardboard viewer and a smart phone. Expeditions is a new product that allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips, immersing students in experiences that bring abstract concepts to life while giving students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom.
How it Works:
A Google Expeditions representative brought everything needed for students to travel on Thursday: a tablet for the teacher, and cardboard viewers and smart phones for every student. The smart phone is placed in the cardboard viewfinder that specializes in making images appear in 360 degree photo spheres, 3D images and video, as well as ambient sounds. The student looks into the cardboard viewer to be transported to the destination. The teacher selects a destination on their tablet and the entire classroom jumps there automatically. The teacher notes have destination details, points of inter-
est and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum. Expeditions provided an unparalleled opportunity for supplemental learning.
Sixteen MVHS classes participated beginning at 8:45 and ending at 3:15 p.m. Destinations MVHS students visited included: Chichen Itza, El Tejon, Historic Philadelphia, the Aztec and Myan Ruins, Cern, biomes, Burj Khalifa-Exterior, Rio de Janeiro, and U.S. Monuments, among others. More than 100 engaging journeys are offered by GEPP.
Additional information on Google Expedition can be found on www.google.com/edu/expeditions.
A virtual trip to Rio de Janeiro