Google brings virtual reality to the classroom
Students at Burton and South Derbyshire College were recently taken on the trip of a lifetime when they had the opportunity to use the new virtual reality tool, Google Expeditions.
Google’s latest product allows lecturers to take their classes on virtual reality trips across the universe. Google have brought lessons to life for more than one million young people in over 11 countries, allowing students to experience the wonders of the world, from the heights of Machu Picchu, through the alien landscape of Mars, to the beautiful Great Barrier Reef.
Google has worked with partners, including David Attenborough, Royal Palaces, TES, Twig, Pearson, IMAX, Getty Images and NASA to create over 200 Expeditions specifically for the UK. The trips are collections of virtual reality panormas, 3D images and videos annotated with details, points of interest and questions.
The College was selected for the trial after submitting a nomination form online to give students the chance to have a sneak peek at the new learning tool that is set to be rolled out to hundreds of schools and colleges across the UK.
Nico Rehman, E-Learning Design Apprentice at Burton and South Derbyshire College said: “It was fantastic for our students to be given an insight into this new learning tool. Google Expeditions allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips, immersing students in experiences that bring abstract concepts to life and giving students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom.”
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