Google expedition takes Snaresbrook pupils on trip around the world
PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:38 10 October 2016
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.
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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