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Bring Virtual Reality Into Your Classroom!

posted Sep 8, 2017, 6:30 PM by Jonathan Gillig   [ updated Apr 19, 2018, 10:57 AM ]
 Virtual Reality provides teachers an excellent opportunity to immerse your students into destinations both big and small that would be virtually impossible to visit together! Using the very affordable technology of Google Cardboard, students can explore 360 images on the ground level, from up above or deep inside the human body!  

Google Cardboard is a virtual reality (VR) platform developed by Google for use with a head mount for a smartphone.  Named for its fold-out cardboard viewer, the platform is intended as a low-cost system to encourage interest and development in VR applications. 

Once the Kit is assembled, a smartphone is inserted in the back of the device and held in place by the selected fastening device.  When viewing a Cardboard compatible app, the display is split into two which results in a 3D image with a wide field of view!
 
 

Profile of Google Expeditions




 
https://edu.google.com/expeditions/
 

One of the best apps to use with Google Cardboard is Google Expeditions.  Expeditions offers a growing library of experiences for Guides (those who lead the Expedition) to lead Followers (those who experience i.e. our students).  Click here for a full set of instructions on how to use the app! 

Using your Smartphone or Tablet, Guides download their Expedition from the App and Followers are connected to Guides because they are on the same WiFi network.  

Don't have a class set of Cardboards yet?  Don't fret, project your Expedition on your screen as the Guide and let students see the wonderful 360 images as a whole class! 



Check out this list of Google Expeditions!   

It even provides links to lesson materials for the expedition when available. 

Special Thanks to Jennifer Holland and Lauren Carroll for creating this list and keeping it updated! 
 

‎‎‎[Expeditions]‎‎‎ - List of available Expeditions






Check Out These Other VR Apps That Can Be Used With Cardboard!
 
https://www.google.com/streetview/
Google Street View! 

Provides panoramic views of places all around the world. This is a crowd-sourced app that anyone can contribute to!  
 


 http://www.discoveryvr.com/
Discovery VR App

This App has a large menu of 360 videos that are from the most popular shows on Discovery Television!  Great to view using a Cardboard or streaming from your Phone or Tablet! 
  
https://sites.google.com/a/lusd.net/blendedlearning/digital-learning/bringvirtualrealityintoyourclassroom/NYT%20VR.png?attredirects=0

New York Time VR App

This app is designed to provide an immersive look into the stories profiled in the New York Times! 
  
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzuqhhs6NWbgTzMuM09WKDQ/featured
Youtube 360 Videos

Youtube has several playlists showcasing 360 videos along a wide range of topics!  Great for in-class viewing.  



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