Information about Google Expeditions has been difficult to come by. That changes a bit today.
Starting today, we’re bringing this experience to thousands of schools around the world with the new Expeditions Pioneer Program. During the 2015/2016 school year, we’ll be bringing “kits” containing everything a teacher needs to run a virtual trip for their class: ASUS smartphones, a tablet for the teacher to direct the tour, a router that allows Expeditions to run without an Internet connection, and Google Cardboard or Mattel View-Masters that turn phones into virtual reality headsets. Although nothing replaces hopping on the bus for a field trip, there are some places that are just out of reach (hello, Chichen Itza!). Virtual reality gives teachers a tool to take students places a school bus can’t.
Google is also announcing that they’ll continue to add to their Expedition collection of 100+ trips. They’ll also be adding virtual trips to help students explore future careers by showing them a virtual day in the life of professionals including a veterinarian and computer scientist. In addition, they’re working with First Lady Michelle Obama to support her Reach Higher initiative by taking students on virtual college tours.
If visiting Mars, trekking on the Great Wall of China or exploring what it’s like to work at a veterinarian’s office sounds like something your class would be interested in, head to the Expeditions Pioneer Program site and sign up.
See the full announcement at the Google blog