Since first playing with Google Cardboard I thought one of the best implementations for the VR gear would be in the classroom which is where it is headed. The Google Expeditions Pioneer Program is designed to bring schools into a new era of virtual reality field trips allowing students to go to exotic locations that school buses could never imagine taking them to on a normal budget.
Imagine visiting the bottom of the sea or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take their classes on immersive virtual journeys to bring their lessons to life.
Google is going to be visiting schools around the world demonstrating their new technology. Starting in the United States and also visiting Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and the United Kingdom, they will first demonstrate Expeditions to the teachers explaining how it works before letting them take their students to a far off place that the school wouldn’t normally be able to in order to enhance their education.
Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom. We worked with teachers and content partners from around the world to create more than 100 engaging journeys – making it easy to immerse students in entirely new experiences.
If you are a teacher or involved in a school near you then you can head over to Google’s Expeditions website to sign up for them to make a stop by you or see if they’re headed near where you live on their tours. You can also sign up to be a content provider to help bring other journeys that they currently don’t have into the Expeditions Pioneer Program.
What do you think about the new virtual reality field trip idea from Google? Do you think that it will aid the students in their learning or be more of a distraction like when teachers used to just put on VHS videos of National Geographic for a whole period? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.Source: Google Expeditions
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