We've been doing some serious exploring with Google Expeditions! Google Expeditions offer virtual reality tours of places across the universe, the opportunity to "meet" various people, and see the world as someone (or something) else. For more information, go to the Google Expeditions website.
For Education: Go Get It week, third and fourth graders used Google Cardboard, along with the career expeditions available through Google Expeditions, to explore a variety of careers. We saw a veterinarian, an engineer, a pilot, and several other careers in virtual reality. This was an amazing opportunity for students to see people at work in their careers.
I used the Expeditions app on my iPad to guide the students through the various careers. We only have six Cardboard viewers, so we had to take turns and pass the viewers around. Not ideal, but it worked!
The following week, first grade read Hank's Big Day, the story of a pill bug named Hank that describes how Hank sees his world. After reading, students used iPads and the How Animals See the World expedition. We experienced how dogs, snakes, dolphins, and dragonflies see the world and compared the animals' perspectives.
I thought using the Cardboards might be a little ambitious for first grade (since they would have to wait and pass them around), so I partnered students up with an iPad, and used the Expeditions app on my iPad to guide them.
The students loved using Google Expeditions, and I think it is a wonderful tool! I can't wait to use it again!