It’s a great time to be a student, as Google brings VR magic to more cities and schools, which will allow many more to experience the beauty and wonders of the world that might be far away. Google Education has just announced that their Expeditions Pioneer Program will be targeting even more people.
Google has taken and will continue to take young children into the depths of outer space, rainforests, and historical locations. Through virtual reality though.
For those who are not in the know, Google Expeditions is a project dedicated to bringing virtual reality in classrooms everywhere. Their effort of showing the high-tech and futuristic platform to students has been met with “overwhelmingly positive” responses. It’s a beautiful gesture of guiding the younger generation into the future.
So far, they have entertained and enlightened around 100,000 students after just starting the project back in October. And they’re not done yet. Recently, the tech giant announced that they will be expanding their campaign to more cities in the United States, and international locations.
For the U.S., they will be heading on over to Alexandria, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Washington D.C. Internationally, Google Expeditions will be visiting schools in Canada, Denmark, and Singapore. So far, they have not announced yet how many schools will be reached by their project.
The Google Expeditions initiative will be offering more sights to numerous students. They will include around 120 beautiful locations, for them to enjoy. So far, it included Antarctica, the Borneo rainforest, the Acropolis, museums, and even outer space. It offers an experience meant to expand horizons and display opportunities.
They say that those who travel have a generally more open mind, and a different outlook on the world. Travelers are deemed as being more accepting and ambitious. Perhaps the practice experienced through virtual reality might bring the same positive consequences.
Furthermore, Google has partnered up with various colleges to offer young children virtual tours of universities. They will visit the corridors, enjoy the campuses, and perhaps experience potential future careers. The tech giant aims even higher, hoping that professors might offer sample lessons for their VR. That would aid students in understanding the true feeling of participating in college courses.
The Expeditions Kit to be delivered to schools includes ASUS smartphones, router, and one of the viewers, like Google Cardboard or the View-Master. Additionally, it will also arrive with a tablet for professors or teachers to guide the lessons. It’s sure to make a far more interesting day at school for many students.
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