Last Friday on the 12th November we had the privilege of host a Google Expeditions event at my school for years 3 and 5. the children really enjoyed it and got so much out of it.
What is Google Expeditions
Google Expeditions allows students to take field trips right from their classroom. Expeditions allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way. Over the past two years Google Expeditions has helped teachers bring lessons to life and take students to places they would never otherwise be able to go. With a virtual reality viewer, students can explore everywhere from Mars to the Great Barrier Reef to the inside of Buckingham Palace, without ever leaving the classroom.
What did we enjoy?
When I ask the children what they enjoyed about this experience their response was unanimous – “all of it.”
This believe speaks volume about just how good it was. From a teachers perspective it was easy to run as the Google technician did most of the work. The programme itself was easy to navigate and allowed for a totally interactive experience. The set up was quick and easy and very manageable.
Would I recommend it?
The only draw back that I believe it’s worth considering is the fact to make the experience as good as it can be you need to have 30 iPhone touches and the google cardboard googles that you see the expedition thorough. This for most school will be an issue. You can view the programme on an iPad but the experience just isn’t as good as the googles. They are available but quite expensive. This i believe is the only on-going concern that needs considering.