Sunday, 11 June 2017

Google Expeditions without all the Cardboard

We're big fans of Google Expeditions - both from our own experience at the Google HQ and from a whole series of visits to our academies by both Google and organisations affiliated with them.




The novelty value (and that isn't a pejorative term: nothing wrong with something new that grabs everyone's attention and enthusiasm) of having a class set of VR headsets made out of mobile phones and cardboard is undeniable - we can still remember the Oo and Aa moments - but how practical is it really to buy and service a set of smartphones for this kind of thing: it seems to be a technology that is in its infancy, expensive for the number of potential uses and very much at the promise rather than delivery end of the spectrum.

But this great article on smore really makes the case for using VR in lessons with the tools you already have it - whether it be one device or a whole set, the fact is you can have students gain a very good experience (but not an immersive one) with a plain old tablet device.

This guide from EdTechTeam gives a solid step by step walkthrough anyone can follow to use Google Expeditions without quite so much impact, but also without quite so much hassle!

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