Google is bringing virtual reality to your kid’s classroom

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Google Seeks Teachers to Pilot 3D Virtual Field Trips.

But Google GOOGL -2.35% has a solution. Earlier this year at its I/O developer conference, Google announced ‘Expeditions,’ an app that lets teachers create synchronized virtual school trips using the company’s Cardboard virtual reality viewer.Google is today introducing the Expeditions Pioneer Program, a new initiative to help teachers and students use virtual reality in schools around the world.As part of a class last year on “Romeo and Juliet,” Jennie Choi, an English teacher at Mariano Azuela Elementary School in Chicago, took her sixth-grade students on a tour of Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare’s play transpires.As the New York Times reports, Google is offering the field-trip simulation system, called Expeditions, to schools as part of the company’s efforts to “further develop the technology.” The kits contain Google’s cardboard viewers with Asus smartphones.

Google soon will be rolling out a new service, called Expeditions, that could take virtual field trips to a whole new level — and the company is accepting requests from educators to pilot the technology in their classrooms this year. The tech giant will begin helping teachers use Google Cardboard, the company’s ultra-cheap virtual reality headsets, to take students on virtual tours to far-flung places. At the event the company also confirmed that there are more than one million Cardboard units out there, trumping any other costly VR headset currently being sold in the market. Using Google’s , a simple viewing device made out of folded cardboard, with an Android phone, students can experience a virtual excursion as an immersive, three-dimensional event.

Starting Monday, schools can apply for a visit from a Google team that will provide kits including Cardboard units for each student, a tablet for teachers and a specialized router. Choi asked her class to examine the variegated facade of a centuries-old building, known on tourist maps as “Juliet’s House,” where the family that may have been the inspiration for the fictional heroine once lived. It announced a new implementation of Cardboard at I/O 2015 called Expeditions which brings the technology to schools allowing teachers to harness virtual reality to provide a unique field trip-like experience within classrooms. Subaru’s Love Promise is a commitment to support causes that are meaningful to Subaru and its customers, including Education, Environment, Pets and Community. Google wants to deliver the kits to thousands of schools, initially in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. “Although nothing replaces hopping on the bus for a field trip, we see a ton of potential for virtual reality as a powerful tool for teachers to engage their students,” Googler David Quaid — the developer of the Stereogram app for Google Cardboard — wrote in a blog post on the news.

Teachers can sign up to use Expeditions, they will be able to show the same content on multiple Cardboard VR headsets so all of the students in the classroom see exactly the same thing. Google developed the educational content in partnership with organizations like PBS, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the Planetary Society, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and The Starfish Foundation.

Teachers can bring students to museums, other continents or even outerspace, using Google Cardboard viewers and virtual reality content accessible through mobile phones. Google will use their feedback to improve the service before it formally launches, said Emma Ogiemwanye, a corporate communications associate at Google. In case you’re wondering how much educational material is out there for Cardboard and View-Master headsets, well, it turns out that some is available. “Teachers can choose from a library of more than a hundred virtual trips to transport students to places like Mars, the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Wall of China,” Quaid wrote. Choi’s students tried out virtual-reality viewers — composed of cardboard and a cellphone — while their teacher used an app to guide them through stereoscopic vistas of the Italian town. “It doesn’t work to stand in a class of 12-year-olds and just lecture,” said Ms. The teacher selects a destination through an app and then leads students through a virtual field trip, pointing out specific points of interest along the way.

Choi, explaining that many students already had access to devices like smartphones, laptops and gaming systems and thus were accustomed to obtaining information immediately and visually. Google isn’t completely ruling out the possibility of charging for these kits at some point down the life if the price can be made suitable enough for schools to adopt Expeditions.

While nothing replaces a traditional field trip, Expeditions provides an unparalleled opportunity for supplemental learning by bringing unique sights and experiences right into the classroom. Dani Kennis, a ninth and 10th grade world history teacher at Clarkstown High School South in West Nyack, NY, was one of the first educators to try the immersive 3D experience in her classroom.

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In 2006, for instance, Google introduced Apps for Education, a bundle of cloud-based email, calendar and document-sharing products available free to schools. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit: Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. Some leading tech companies have recently made a decision to focus on designing products specifically for classroom use, rather than simply modifying their existing consumer or enterprise products and then marketing them to schools. It takes students to the former headquarters of Lehman Brothers and the offices of Goldman Sachs and federal regulators involved in the fiscal crisis of 2007-8. But he said he wanted to visually immerse his class in places that played important roles in the crisis to give them a more concrete feel for the potential impact of fiscal and monetary policies.

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