Traveling the World

... without leaving your classroom

Back in September Google Launched the Expeditions Pioneer Road Show in our district, Des Plaines. Since that time we have been accepted in to the Expeditions Beta program and have put together a couple of Expedition kits throughout the district. The kits are composed of an Android tablet, 6 refurbished Android phones, and 6 View-Master VR goggles. Teachers around the district have been (virtually) traveling the world with their students. They are asking big questions, planning interesting lessons, and sharing their learning in a Google+ Community.

Two weeks ago a music teacher who has been studying opera with her fifth graders was able to put her students on stage during the opera. They used a YouTube 360 video of "Lohengrin" that was recorded in São Paulo in 2015. Then they were able to explore through the Royal Opera House in London using Google Streetview.

Last week I worked with a second grade teacher to plan a Flat Stanley activity. Students mailed their own Flat Stanley to friends and family all over the world. They were able to virtually visit the places they went to using Google Streetview and even Expeditions to the regions. After they virtually visited they did some research to learn more and shared their learning on a shared Google MyMaps.

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