How I Use It
Google has delved deeper and deeper into the education market. With it’s free GSuite for Education software, Google continues to add services to benefit educators and students. The Expeditions tool was embraced in classrooms beginning in 2016. The app allows the opportunity to explore the world outside of their classrooms with VR field trips with over 1,000 virtual-reality and 100 augmented-reality tours. The field trips themselves are beautifully engaging explorations of experiences many students would not have otherwise.
Mobile devices and VR viewers are used to experience Google Expeditions. These devices can be used to explore and tour museums, art galleries or colleges. They can also experience things like swimming underwater or navigating our solar systems without leaving their classrooms. Expeditions kits purchased through suppliers contain tablets or mobile devices pre-installed with the app, viewers to seat them in, a local wi-fi router, chargers and a storage case. Not all of these items are required to experience the expeditions so there is also an opportunity to build your own kit or explore on your own with the minimum of a device, a viewer and the app.
This virtual reality tool was one of the 1st of bring VR into classrooms everywhere with it’s inexpensive Google Cardboard viewer. It is easy to use and completely engaging. The library continues to grow, offering more and more opportunities for immersion learning. The app itself can also be experienced without a viewer. It offers 360° tours using the devices accelerometer. In addition to the expanded VR library, it has added AR to it’s repertoire. With all that this app has to offer, it is a definite must have for classrooms.