Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys.
What is Google Expeditions?
Google Expeditions Pioneer Program came to several ISD schools in the 2015-16 school year, Newcastle Elementary, Maywood Middle, and Issaquah High Schools, for teachers to take their classes on Virtual Reality field trips. Students explored far away places that would not be accessible otherwise. Science classes explored the surface of the moon, underwater coral reefs, and ecosystems around the world. History classes explored famous sites from Asia, Europe, and even our own Pacific Northwest. Teachers who guided Expeditions were clamoring for more!
The Educational Technology Department saw a very strong link to ISTE standards Knowledge Constructor, Creative Communicator, and Global Collaborator. Students take away the experience of a Virtual Reality Expeditions, but could also extend learning and do research to lead portions of a field trip using our KCLS online resources, connect with students from other parts of the world after learning a bit about the history or geography of their region using SKYPE, or make meaningful connections or conclusions and create a Sway project teach others.
After much anticipation, we now have Google Expeditions as part of our ISD Ed Tech Lending Library for teachers to check out for use in their classrooms. Teachers may learn more about the technology by finding a session at Tech Kickoff, offerings on PD Place, or asking your Ed Tech Lead to host a Building Tech Series class on Google Expeditions.
In order to check out Google Expeditions, you need to:
- Attend a training
- Choose a Google Expedition from the app or the list of recommendations out Google Expeditions Elem Social Studies and Science Connections for Elementary Science when using Google Expeditions
- Plan a week that works for your team/department
- Contact your TOSA if you have questions