Last week we explored three national parks, the edge of a volcano, the bottom of the ocean, and the surface of the moon…all without leaving our school library! We were able to do this thanks to the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program.
Expeditions is a new educational program developed by Google. Expeditions are guided virtual reality tours that let students explore locations all over the world. Teachers guide the tour using a tablet, while students look through a special cardboard viewer loaded with a cell phone. While looking through the viewer you can look around and explore every inch of each scene, from every angle. It really feels like you are standing right there!
The Google Expeditions Pioneer Program comes to schools and allows teachers and their classes to experience this new program. We were very fortunate that they chose our school to be one of the first in Arizona to try it out. During our Expedition session, one group “visited” Mount Rushmore, Yosemite, and Yellowstone Park. Another group looked inside the Tolbachik Vocano in Russia. We all got a preview of our upcoming space unit as we explored the Moon and the spacecraft which took astronauts there.
The Google Expedition guide who came to our school asked for our input about what places we’d like to explore next. What Expedition would you suggest?