On Thursday 9th March pupils were lucky enough to experience Google Expeditions for the very first time.
Google Expeditions allows students to take field trips from their classrooms and allows the teacher to guide groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images, while pointing out interesting sights along the way. The Expeditions taken were of the Lungs, Under the Sea, Pyramids, Biomes, Brazil, Borneo, Pollination, Roman Ruins and more. It was clear to see how much everyone enjoyed Google Expeditions and here is what the Teachers and pupils thought of the experience...
“It all came about after watching the local news; I saw that Google had visited a school in Hampshire andoffered a Virtual Reality taster day using their new app called, “Google Expeditions” and the Google Cardboard headset. When I read that it was free and they were looking for more schools to sign up, it was too good an opportunity to miss! It was an inspirational morning and both the children and staff had lots of fun. This technology holds huge potential in the world of education and could add a different dimension to the teaching and learning at Ripley Court.”
Teacher Mr Hempsted.
“We all looked through these super cool virtual reality googles and saw places in Rome, France and Egypt. In Egypt we looked at the Sphinx and in France we saw a place with loads of flowers. At the end we saw the bottom of the sea. It was the best moment of my entire life!”
“I had never done this before and it was amazing. We went to Borneo and under the sea. I touched a shark. We saw how trees are disappearing rapidly and every morning I will check that what I eat is sustainable"
“We went to Brazil and we saw Sao Paulo and Rio. We saw Christ the Redeemer from a bird’s eye view and a person’s view and it was awesome. We really felt that we were in Brazil. I think we should get virtual reality at school because we get a better experience of what things look like rather than looking at a textbook”