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Google Cardboard

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A brief introduction to virtual reality

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  • Science

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Google Cardboard is an app that provides five experiences to introduce teachers and students to virtual reality (VR), as well as a tutorial for setting up a Cardboard viewer with your device. Once your device is set up, students can jump into the experiences: view 3D objects from a museum collection, tour world cities like Paris or Tokyo, fly alongside birds in the Arctic, and more. 

Be prepared that some students may experience motion sickness or an overwhelming feeling during viewing. Once you've tried some of the demos provided in the app, go further with apps like Expeditions, Google Earth VR, and Discovery VR. Or if you need more of a challenge, have students create their own VR experiences with tools like CoSpaces EDU and Metaverse.  

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Hutt H. , Classroom teacher
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Google Cardboard: Good, but not perfect!
Google Cardboard is a cheap Virtual Reality solution that operates with many 3d immersive applications, most of which are available through Smartphones. I reviewed a number of these applications with my class to get a feel for the technology and to try to assess how this could be used more successfully in the classroom. First, I used the NYTimes Op-Docs application, which is set up easily by entering your phone number; this then sends a small link to your phone which sets up the application. The app ...
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