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Google expedition takes Snaresbrook pupils on trip around the world

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:38 10 October 2016

Forest School pupils travelled the world from the comfort of their classroom using Google's virtual reality technology.

Forest School pupils travelled the world from the comfort of their classroom using Google's virtual reality technology.

Jordon-Lee Squibb/Forest School

More than 500 pupils and 25 teachers visited famous landmarks around the world all from the comfort of the classroom in a ground-breaking lesson.

Forest School pupils travelled the world from the comfort of their classroom using Google's virtual reality technology.Forest School pupils travelled the world from the comfort of their classroom using Google's virtual reality technology.

Pupils from Forest School, College Place, Snaresbrook, visited sites including Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue and the Grand Canyon.

The sight-seeing “trips” were all thanks to Google’s expedition pioneer programme.

Biology teacher Lyn Baber said: “The idea behind the initiative was to see how we [teachers] might incorporate virtual reality (VR) technology into teaching and learning and to find out if pupils would be engaged in novel lessons.”

The expeditions allow teachers to take classes on virtual trips, helping pupils have a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom.

“Google supplied us with 30 sets of their cardboard VR goggles and smartphones and showed teachers how to use an online app with information about the places seen through the viewers,” continued Ms Barber.

“The overwhelming response from both pupils and staff was that they would want to use VR in lessons.”

Year 8 pupil Sophia said: “I really enjoyed today’s lesson. The main thing I really liked was that when you were looking into the glasses you felt like you were actually in the place.”


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