If you’re anything like me, then the concept of school excursions make you nervous (and put a ding in your wallet too). But, that aside, excursions are incredible learning opportunities, so they’re usually worth the parental anxiety and handing over cash. But here’s something that brings those excursions right into the classroom…and nobody need get on a bus.
Using Virtual Reality (VR) technologies, Google has made it possible for you, me and our children to explore some of the universe’s most incredible spaces. Yes, I did say universe, because they’ll even take us to Mars. It’s made for the classroom, but anyone can use it. Here’s what you need to set off on a Google Expedition:
- Download the mobile application, for Android devices here and for iOS devices here.
- For the classroom, and to enable teachers to lead their pupils through an expedition, you’ll need a kit – here’s a how to guide on how to make your own. There are pre-made sets available for purchase in the US, but I imagine the import duties on those would be terrifying.
- Of course, you’ll need VR headsets, and the one you want is: Google Cardboard. You can also check out Takealot for some suitable substitutes.
- Install the application on all the devices you need to, make sure your WiFi connection is operating well and enjoy a demo when you’re all set up. This preparation guide from Google will tell you more.
- Then you can begin – get ready to lead an expedition, and take a field trip to just about anywhere you can think of. Help your kids to join the expedition and you’re off!
Check out this video for more on Google Expeditions: