Time and again it has been proven that experiences teach you way more than what words can. Everyone knows the torment of sitting through boring History classes day after day learning absurd things about the civil war. What if all this could be experienced and seen rather than read about? I’m sure you would be thinking so many field trips aren’t possible and a trip to history sounds as absurd as snowfall in the Sahara desert. But yet again we have Google to the rescue. With an amazing combination of AR and VR, this Google-owned app is the future of education.
Google’s Expedition Virtual Reality Apps for Kids
It is an immersive educative app that allows teachers and students to explore the world through over 800 VR and 100 AR tours. From the Taj Mahal in India to the international space station you can now take your student almost everywhere and make learning as well as teaching an extremely fun and knowledgeable experience.
This multi-featured app is extremely easy to use and though it was initially made keeping a classroom scenario in mind, now the app has incorporated feature which makes it suitable of other individuals to view and use it as well. The latest update of this app has incorporated a feature which enables the user to use the app as a traveler as well as a guide. The explorer can experience the tour in a group as well as a lone traveler. While using this application as an explorer they can also view more detailed information on various points of interests within the experience. Teachers can also take a “Guide Mode” preview tour before embarking on this journey with the students. Now that’s what we call technology of the future.
The expedition kits can be bought as well as built on your own making it a very feasible option in the classrooms. There are 2 types of kits available one compatible only for VR expeditions while the other being compatible for both AR as well as VR expeditions
VR compatible kits contain Tabs or mobile phones with the app pre-installed, VR Viewers, router, and chargers. While AR has AR compatible devices and optional selfie stick. This kit can be customized on your own using a device for the guide be it mobile or tablets. Mobile phones that fit into the VR viewer, compatible VR viewers such as Google Cardboard, router, speaker, and headphones.
To pre-install this app on your device follow the links given below
Technology Coordinator Donna H says “This is an excellent product! We didn’t have a problem with our network as we used the connection setup for router only when leading the expeditions. Downloading is completed ahead of time on the regular network. Our teachers appreciate the step-by-step instructions and assistance of our Learning, Design and Technology team to make the transition of using it alone so much easier for our teachers. Not only do our students love it, but just watching the expressions on our teachers’ faces and making note of how quickly both student and teacher retains the information makes it worth the effort. Having a kit of just ten devices has allowed us to discuss grouping of students for better communication and collaboration. The one kit (of 10 devices) we’ve been using is so popular in our district that we’ll definitely purchase another!”
“Tech Times” gives Google an A+ for this venture they also mention that “Google is making sure classroom learning is deeply immersive, vivid and memorable with Google Expeditions.
Equipped with the Google Cardboard, students can now go on field trips to almost any corner of the planet through the virtual reality / augmented reality-based Google Expeditions program.
With more than 200 adventures on offer, a class simply dons the Cardboard headset and embarks on these VR/AR field trips “from Machu Picchu to Antarctica to the International Space Station” and even inside the human body.”
This App is a boon for the education industry and a savior for the kids especially when it comes to those dull history lessons or complex scientific theories. Well kids mathematics is still on your own even Google is helpless there.