In April 2017, we were lucky enough to have Google Expeditions in our school to take the children on Virtual Reality expeditions. Using virtual reality goggles, the expeditions enabled children to experience places that they wouldn’t normally have had the opportunity to visit.

Teachers chose expeditions to link with an area of the curriculum and expeditions ranged from visits to Robben Island and the Great Barrier Reef, to explorations of Aztec and Mayan Ruins.

The children were transfixed by their expeditions, as you will see from the photographs, and they were able to apply their experiences directly to their learning.

“It’s a fantastic teaching tool that engaged the children from the very start. I was then able to provide them with additional information as we explored together.” said Mr Johnson from Year 4 Red.

KS2 classes used Google Cardboard goggles as a virtual reality viewer and due safety requirements*, KS1 used the ipads which still allowed them to view an exciting variety of 360° photo spheres and 3D images.

We were also lucky enough to have some 3D video footage taken by Rachel Scarrott which will be available coming soon.

If you want to try Google Expeditions at home, you will need an ipad or smartphone. The app is free to download and the goggles can be purchased quite cheaply from amazon.

For further information, visit:

https://edu.google.com/intl/en_uk/pioneer-program/

* Google Cardboard goggles can only be used by children aged 7 and above.

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