We’ve spoken about Google Expeditions before, but now we have gone one better. Here is an awesome example of how Neil Jarrett of #EdTech4Beginners used Google Expeditions to take his class to see the world through the lens of their smartphones!
If you missed our other posts on VR in the classroom, check them out:
- 4 Ways to Use the Thinglink Virtual Reality App in Your Classroom
- Virtual Reality Takes School Kids on Tours Around the World
Without further ado, here is how Neil used Google Expeditions in his classroom.
“Wow! Amazing! Ohhhhhh! Wooaahhh!”
These were the sounds that could be heard in my classroom when we tried Google Expeditions this week!
What is it?
Google Expeditions is a virtual reality tech tool that lets you and your class go on excursions around the world from the comfort of your classroom… and it’s all because of virtual reality (VR). The teacher takes the role of the tour guide and the students are the followers.
Have a look at my video tutorial, showing you the basics of how it works:
Is it easy to set up?
Yes! You need VR viewers for your students (you can easily purchase them from Amazon), mobile phones (fairly up to date iPhones or android phones work perfectly well) and the Google Expeditions app downloaded onto the devices.
I led the tour using an iPad. The students wore the headsets and were immersed in the places they visited. They followed the arrows that popped up and listened to the facts and questions that I read out.
What I did in the lesson
Our class topic is mountains, so, for an introductory lesson, we went on an expedition to Mount Everest! It was amazing – we found out facts, interesting features and information about it’s geography.
You’ll be pleased to hear that we reached the summit!
One of the students asked if we could go underwater. Sure enough, a number of reefs are available to explore. Here is an example of what the students saw on the underwater expedition (unfortunately in 2D!):
Finally, you are not restricted to visit geographical places only; you can also explore inside a human heart, a film studio, the moon and lots more!