Search giant Google brings VR Expeditions to more U.S. schools staying truthful to the promise that the company has made this September, namely, to use advanced technology for the improvement of education. Thanks to their initiative 15 more cities across the globe will have the possibility to incorporate virtual reality in their traditional classrooms.
Google promised us at the end of September that many more educational facilities will benefit of virtual reality programs. The announcement allured teachers and students by telling them that they will soon be able to make field trips to remote places like the Grand Canyon and Mars. However, these trips will only be simulated with the help of the Google Cardboard and View-Master glasses, the company has explained.
The virtual reality headsets only require smartphone syncing and they are ready to be used for whatever plans teachers have in their minds. Thanks to the Expeditions’ Pioneer Program, there are now 15 cities benefitting from Google’s advanced technology.
Alexandria, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Phoenix, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Portland and Washington DC are the U.S. cities that have been added on Google’s list. They will be complemented by Denmark, Toronto and Singapore, the first worldwide countries to benefit of Google’s Expeditions.
The first groups, who have had the opportunity to test Google’s new VR program have been impressed with the wonderful things they have experienced. Students declared that they were very pleased they could take virtual field trips to the Grand Canyon and, thus, continue their learning process from the real trips they have made.
Teachers, too, told the press that the Google Expedition Program looks very promising to them. They plan to incorporate the VR headsets within their lessons because they can give children a completely different perspective on the aspects they are studying.
Google will gradually improve its technology to offer professors and students even more options. Teachers will soon have the possibility to plan lessons on their own and to guide lessons with the help of a special tablet that Google will provide to them.
There are other programs that Google is considering, once the expeditions to other parts of the world have been globally spread. The tech giant plans to introduce the “A day in the life” feature so students can better understand what certain jobs and careers presuppose.
Interested teachers can check Google’s regions and sign their school up to bring Google’s Expedition Program to their classes. Even though some schools may not have been added to the list, teachers and students can still assist demos at local community centers and events.
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