Google Expeditions is a virtual reality (VR) app that brings students places a school bus can’t. Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys. Using a tablet, smartphone and VR viewer, each Expedition is guided by a teacher and uses VR panoramic images with annotated descriptions, points of interest and discussion questions. Google Expeditions truly brings the world into the classroom!
As curriculum specialists, WNET Education selects locations that fit within the K-12 curriculum, aligns with classroom resources produced for PBS LearningMedia, oversees VR shoots, and manages the development of associated educational content for teachers.
Google Expeditions launched on June 27, 2016, and currently, five WNET Expeditions are live on the app including:
• Statute of Liberty and Ellis Island
• Tenement Museum
• Merchant’s House Museum
• Transit Museum
• Empire State Building
Some future expeditions we are working on are part of our Literary Tour series:
• Holden Caufield’s NYC
• The Jazz Age Gold Coast Mansions: The Great Gatsby
• Sleepy Hollow, NY
• Colonial Boston/Freedom Trail Sites
• Walden Pond, MA
• The Crucible’s Salem, MA
Google Expeditions launched the beta Pioneer Program in September 2015.
As a result of the beta program, Expeditions has reached over 1 million students in 11 countries and featured over 200 locations and career spotlights.