Google Expeditions

Virtual Reality Teaching Tool

What are Google Expeditions?

Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world — get up close to historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit outer space

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MQ9yG_QfDA

How Can Teachers Use it?


Using Google Expeditions helps students improve digital confidence, which has become a crucial skill for success in today’s day and age. The virtual reality experience can help students of all ages become more interested in the information economy and how it works in today’s connected world. Using a virtual reality classroom can provide students with opportunities where they can apply their skills in a safe environment before they utilize it in the real world. Through virtual reality, this aspect can easily be managed. Students will always enjoy talking about their virtual reality experience with teachers. Additionally, virtual reality can become an indispensable tool for giving students fun, inspirational, and motivational new ways of learning. When teachers give students an avenue for fun education, students will want to learn more instead of having to suppress their interest in learning.

Google Expeditions & the SAMR model

  • Substitution: Students can visit the assigned location
  • Augmentation: Students can gather information and make connections to gain a personal understanding through the guided tour.
  • Modification: Students can interpret the meaning of their experience looking to find patterns in their findings
  • Redefinition: Students can share their learning and reflect on the process with the class and even the world

Resources

Here are some other websites I found that might assist you if you plan to try using Google Expeditions with your students: