Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Google Expeditions - virtual reality to explore the world - resources and instructions

Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world — get up close with historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit outer space!

Built for the classroom and small group use, Google Expeditions allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way.

There are over 500 expeditions available with more being developed all the time, and you can even sign up make your own! Students can explore the Great Barrier Reef, International Space Station, Mars, major museums and almost anywhere on our planet.

Here are some basic setup instructions. You can buy kits from EdTech resellers.

Basic Setup Instructions:

Power on Teacher Tablet

Sign in with a G Suite for Education account that was set up for the device (recommend not using personal or teacher account for this. Ask your Google Admin to setup a new account just for this purpose)
Get the App - it can be pushed out by the Google Admin, or you can go the Play Store and install it yourself. https://support.google.com/edu/expeditions/answer/7374369

Make sure the student devices have the Expeditions app as well

Click on the Expeditions App and select “Lead” https://support.google.com/edu/expeditions/answer/6335098

Select lessons to download https://support.google.com/edu/expeditions/answer/7271183

Power up and setup Router - make sure all devices are connected to it

On the Teacher tablet, click on the Expeditions app and tap the Play button on the expedition you would like to sent to the student devices https://support.google.com/edu/expeditions/answer/6335098

The students should have the device on and opened to the Expeditions app.

Put the student device in the viewer

And you are off on a wild adventure


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