Google has delved deeper and deeper into the education market. With it’s free GSuite for Education software, Google continues to add services to benefit educators and students. The Expeditions tool was embraced in classrooms beginning in 2016. The app allows the opportunity to explore the world outside of their classrooms with VR field trips with over 1,000 virtual-reality and 100 augmented-reality tours. The field trips themselves are beautifully engaging explorations of experiences many students would not have otherwise. Mobile devices and VR viewers are used to experience Google Expeditions. These devices can be used to explore and tour museums, art galleries or colleges. They can also experience things like swimming underwater or navigating our solar systems without leaving their classrooms. Expeditions kits purchased through suppliers contain tablets or mobile devices pre-installed with the app, viewers to seat them in, a local wi-fi router, chargers and a storage case. Not all of these items are required to experience the expeditions so there is also an opportunity to build your own kit or explore on your own with the minimum of a device, a viewer and the app. This virtual reality tool was one of the 1st of bring VR into classrooms everywhere with it’s inexpensive Google Cardboard viewer. It is easy to use and completely engaging. The library continues to grow, offering more and more opportunities for immersion learning. The app itself can also be experienced without a viewer. It offers 360° tours using the devices accelerometer. In addition to the expanded VR library, it has added AR to it’s repertoire. With all that this app has to offer, it is a definite must have for classrooms.
As a K-12 educator I think this is a pretty good app for virtual reality. This app allows the user to view different places around the world as well as anatomy. I like that there are to modes, basic VR and then a setting for use with Google Cardboard. I could see this being used in an educational setting to allow students to view parts of the world, like Pompeii to help enhance a lesson. I also like that there are so many science options to help enhance a students understanding like in anatomy. The issue I have is a lot of the different options do not have narration but mostly reading. This could pose a serious issue for younger learners. Overall though it is a great VR tool.
The camera on this app does not even work at all! But it has some pot if the camera works!
It is really good and it’s a very fun app to use
With this new update when you guide a tour and click on a hotspot there’s no more info on it like in the previous version.
I have begun to use this app in my high school science classroom to allow the students to explore concepts such as cells and and the nervous system. Many of the components of biological systems are difficult for students to visualize and sometimes diagrams don’t cut it. This app provides a free way to supplement what the students are learning in class. But... -Guiding an expedition can be difficult if the WIFI does not synch correctly. I wish there was an access key that students could type in (similar to Kahoot and Quizizz) so that they can join my Expedition that way. -My class does not have VR headsets but they do have iPADs. This works fine as long as the selected Expedition has the option to view in full screen. BUT this app locks the user in and does not allow my students to split the screen so that they can type answers on a worksheet that is paired with the Expedition. If they exit out of the app to complete the worksheet, then the Expedition starts over from the beginning. (Yes, I know I can print the worksheet out for them but my school pushes us to be as paperless as possible). I still recommend checking this out, as it is a great and innovative app that can help bring any subject to life for the students.
Actually trash but good waste of time
I have been trying to use this app with my students but when they try to view different areas all they can see are colored squares. They cannot see any of the areas we are trying to ‘explore’.
I love the idea of using this in the classroom, however the guide feature is lacking. Most school WiFis are not all that great. Not to mention, they probably aren’t configured right to allow the connection (as is the case with our school). I wish this app had a coded entry like when using Kahoot in class. It would make it so much easier plus multiple people on the same WiFi could lead their own virtual field trips without issue