Methacton Schools Visited by Google Expedition TeamMethacton High School (MHS), Arcola Intermediate School, and Skyview Upper Elementary School were selected by Google to take part in a pioneering event this February. Several thousand students in grades 5-12 will have the opportunity to experience Google Expedition, a virtual reality world tour tailored specifically for the curriculum in their classroom.Students were excited to travel the world from their seats and were delighted to experience this "coolest thing ever" program. Rio de Janeiro, Antarctica, the Great Barrier Reef, Parliament Hill, Iceland, Angor, and Mars are just some of the places Methacton students went on their virtual field trip.
Google Expeditions is a new concept that 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. Google staff will visit the school and bring the materials necessary for this “trip.” These include a box with everything you need to travel: a tablet for the teacher, and Google Cardboard viewers and phones for every student. Google Cardboard is a virtual reality viewer made almost entirely of actual cardboard. Cardboard allows anyone with a modern smartphone to experience virtual reality.
Next, the teacher selects a destination, and the entire classroom jumps there automatically. These trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas — 360° photo spheres, 3D images and video, ambient sounds — annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools.