Google Expeditions Transports Year 7 Students to Exotic Destinations!
On Wednesday students in The Bridge took part in a unique learning experience using technology developed by Google. Students were all given the opportunity to use Google Cardboard and learning software through ‘Google Expeditions’.
Google Cardboard is a virtual reality viewer made almost entirely of actual cardboard. Expeditions is a new product that allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips, immersing students in experiences that bring abstract concepts to life and giving students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom.
The teacher selected a destination and the entire classroom were transported there instantly. The trips were collections of virtual reality panoramas, 360° photo spheres, 3D images and video, ambient sounds; annotated with details, points of interest, and questions.
The Year 7 students really enjoyed the experience and ’visiting’ different locations. Exploring the moon was a favourite for most students, as they were able to look at the detail of it in a way they have never experienced before. Other popular expeditions were to Rio and coming face to face with sharks, turtles and more, in an underwater world.
“My favourite part of the Google Expedition was being next to the Taj Mahal and actually able to look around - it felt like I was really there, it was extraordinary!” George Mahers, Year 7 student
“My Favourite part of Google Expedition was when we looked at the volcanos, because you could see every detail. When I saw the volcano through the Google cardboard, I felt amazed - seeing everything inside and also the colours that were surrounding it”. Manroop Sandhu, Year 7 student
“I have really enjoyed Google Explorer, it was fun to see things close up as if they are right next to you. My favourite part was seeing underwater creatures. It was an amazing experience finding about different types of sharks”. Dominika Matuszewska, Year 7 student