Bringing Curriculum to Life with the Expeditions App Google Expeditions
Google has done it again. They’ve raised the bar and taken virtual field trips to a whole new level. You can purchase the entire Google Expeditions Kit with a device for each student, but it’s extremely expensive. Teachers rarely have that type of budget! However, you could always write a grant or use sites like www.donorschoose.org to get your project funded.
See the beginnings of grant writing here: Grant Proposal Outline The Beginnings of a Grant
Google Expeditions at Best Buy
- 30 students = $10,000
- 20 students = $7,000
- 10 students = $4,000
Pros: The phone screen splits in two, and feeds a slightly different image to the left and right eyes which gives the 3D effect. The accelerometers in the phone detect movement as you move your head around and adjust the view – so you can look all around, above and below you. The overall effect is an amazingly immersive experience. Children could quickly be transported to another part of the world, and describe their experiences to the rest of the class.
Cons: The drawback of this technology is that it’s a single user experience – you are going to need lots of these devices to work with a whole class and costwise that’s probably out of the reach of schools right now. But using with small groups, rotating use through a lesson, could be an option.
Read more http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2016/08/ideas-for-using-google-cardboard-in-the-classroom/
Last year, at Hollywood Elementary School, I started my schools Twitter page (@Hollywood ES). ABC7 News Stormwatch team came in for an in-school “field trip” with my students to explain what a meteorologist does and how they do it. During their presentation, they live tweeted and shared photos and videos of the students. Parents were able to follow all the action on Twitter as well!
When looking at the ISTE Standards for my Johns Hopkins courses, I felt as though the Twitter page is a clear example of Standard 3.
Standard 3: Model Digital-Age Work and Learning: Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.
- Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations
- Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation
- Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats
- Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.
Have any of you started a Twitter page for your class as a way to share answers similar to TODAYSMEET? Or a way to curate current event information? Please share how you use Twitter in the classroom 🙂
Creating “global citizens” and “culturally aware citizens” is a huge push in education today. Students need to be able to have knowledge of the world around them and interact with people all over the globe. In order to get your students to be more globally aware, try MYSTERY SKYPE! Connect with schools in other countries 🙂 Students will be excited and engaged in Social Studies in no time! Click the link below to see how to roll it out.
Lacking funds or the available resources to get your class to Washington DC, our nation’s capital? Your worry ends here! I’ve created a virtual field trip that can help you explore the region, landmarks, and museums without leaving the comfort of your own home, or classroom. Washington DC Virtual Field Trip