Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys. From the Great Barrier Reef to Buckingham Palace to the International Space Station - where will you take your class?
Google Expeditions enable teachers to bring students on virtual trips to places like museums, underwater, and outer space. Expeditions are collections of linked VR content and supporting materials that can be used alongside existing curriculum.
These trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas — 360° panoramas and 3D images — annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools.
Getting Started With Google Expeditions/ Virtual Reality in The Classroom
Expeditions are group experiences with a teacher acting as a guide to lead the explorers (students) on their journey. A tablet device is used as the guide and smartphones with Cardboard, a virtual reality viewer, is used with the explorers. The Digital Learning Team at Grant Wood AEA has purchased a class set of 30 to use with our local schools.
Integrate Google Expeditions & VR Into Your Curriculum
- Lesson planning templates along with teaching tips are available on the Google Training Center
- There are also some ready-made lessons on the TES website to give you more ideas
- See how one elementary teacher integrated Google Cardboard into writing first person narratives with virtual field trips
- DLGWAEA Resource Sheet
- EdTechSages Resource Site
- Michael Fricano II VR Resource Site
- Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything AR/VR
- Google Cardboard and VR Apps (Sandra Chow/Sylvia Duckworth)
- Google Expeditions (Sandra Chow/Sylvia Duckworth)
Going Hands-On With Google Expeditions
If you work for a school in the Grant Wood AEA region and would like to try Google Expeditions, contact your Technology Consultant to discuss some ways that it could be used in your curriculum.