Google Expeditions was first launched in the 2015-2016 school year and it was an immediate hit. This free program allows teachers to take their students on virtual tours around the world, to outer space, or even under the sea! The problem is that there isn’t much information available about Google Expeditions if you’re not already familiar with it, and teachers may not even realize that it exists. Read on to learn everything you need to know about Google Expeditions! Everything You Need to Know About Google Expeditions
What are Google Expeditions?
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In a nutshell, an expedition is a virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) experience that can be created using your phone and Cardboard viewer. The project was announced at Google I/O 2014 with promises of supporting school field trips. But it’s way cooler than that, because anyone can use expeditions and teachers have access to them for free! So what are they? How do you get started? What are some awesome examples of how they can be used in class? We answer all these questions and more in our guide to everything you need to know about Google Expeditions.
What can you do with them?
A few years ago, Google launched what they call Expeditions – an amazing new tool that lets educators take groups of students on virtual field trips! It’s pretty awesome and can be used for so many different topics. In today’s post, we’ll tell you how it works and why it could be such a valuable asset for teachers around the world. So if you’re ready to learn more about expeditions then keep reading! We’ve got all sorts of great information below. Here are just some of our favorite things about them: -They work with any kind of phone or tablet (and even Chromebooks!) -They’re free! -You don’t need any additional software to use them -They include amazing tours from places like Paris, The Great Wall Of China, The Eiffel Tower and more We have also included some sample lessons you can use right away in your classroom.
How many VR devices do I need?
Before diving into your learning, you’ll want to make sure you have all of your devices: a Chromebook or two, Cardboard viewers (or View-Master reels), and, if possible, a virtual-reality headset. You can download Google Expeditions VR on Android and iOS devices. It’s also available in Cardboard mode, so it works without a headset. To use it with other devices such as an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, download it from Steam.
Am I able to take my own content into an Expedition?
Absolutely! The purpose of taking an Expedition is to help you learn more about what you’re looking at, so if it’s not something you can easily find in other ways, then why not use your own content? After all, using what interests and motivates a student is one of the best ways to keep them engaged. That being said, there are some guidelines on type and quality of content that will make it even better when used with Expeditions . We’ll get into those next.
How do I know if this works in my classroom?
In short, I don’t know. That’s because I have yet to see anyone use Google Expedition in their classroom. And, unfortunately for me, no one at my school is willing to give it a try. I can’t say how well Expedition will work until someone gives it a shot! But I do know that we are always looking for new and exciting ways to help our students learn and explore. So if you decide to take on Google Expeditions in your class, please let us know about your experience so we can learn from you!