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getting google-y eyed

Our school had a bit of a Google invasion today. What an exciting opportunity to give some feedback on a new technology they are working on ~ Google Expeditions!

What is Google Expeditions all about? “Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom. We worked with teachers and content partners from around the world to create more than 100 engaging journeys – making it easy to immerse students in entirely new experiences.”

Our job was to spend a little time exploring a few of the Expeditions, share what we enjoyed about them, and to offer suggestions about how to improve the experience. < Cue the oohs and aahs. >

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The box includes a small, phone-sized tablet. That’s your view into the expeditions.

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This was my view ~ of the tablet I used to guide the expedition and of the kids twisting and turning to check out all angles of the environment we were exploring.

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There was a bit of bumping into one another and into tables, because it was really hard for the kids to remember that they needed to stay in one spot. A classroom that uses this technology should really include some revolving stools.

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This last shot is from our wrap up with our Expedition guide, Brandon. The Expeditions were a huge hit with the students, and we’re excited to see this make it to our classrooms. It gives them an opportunity to experience places and interact with things up close, in a way we can’t offer them in a traditional classroom setting. The future of education looks pretty awesome.

*Pro Tip: If you wear progressive lenses like I do, take them off! The video made me VERY queasy, and it took all day for the nausea to subside. Rough.

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