Google Expeditions takes the classroom to another world
Teachers are bringing dull geography and history lessons to life – taking the classroom on VR field trips using Google Cardboard and its Expeditions app…
With the Google Expeditions app, teachers can transform regular lessons into interactive virtual reality field trips that are both fun and educational.
Using a Google Cardboard VR headset, the whole class can explore exciting destinations that would normally be out of reach. Visit world-famous museums, landmarks or even venture to outer space – and still make it back in time for lunch.
Where can you go?
The world really is your oyster. Choose from more than 200 expeditions across the globe and beyond, with more on the way.
Forget the usual field trips to the local woods or outdoor space. How about visiting archaeological sites like Machu Picchu during your next geography lesson?
Climb the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, and check out the panoramic views from the top. Or dive underwater and spend an afternoon swimming with sharks instead of reading about them in a textbook.
For something totally out of this world, why not head to the International Space Station to learn about the solar system?
Google is working with partners like the American Museum of Natural History, the Planetary Society, the Royal Collection Trust, Wildlife Conservation Society and legendary broadcaster David Attenborough to create these adventures.
Each expedition is made up of 360-degree panoramas and 3D images – so it feels like you’re really there. Students can learn more as they go with annotated descriptions and points of interest. To make it even more interactive, teachers can use extra materials like questions and talking points.
How does it work?
Expeditions is designed to be used with a group of students all connected by your phone or tablet, so the whole class can take part.
You’ll each need an Android device running KitKat (Android 4.4) or above, and a Google Cardboard viewer to run the app.
To get started, slot your Android phone into your Cardboard viewer, or use your tablet in 2D Magic Window mode. Then launch the Expeditions app to begin your adventure.
Once it’s loaded, simply hold the headset up to your face to embark upon an immersive VR field trip unlike any other. See what it looks like here