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Google Expeditions to surpass the limits imposed by the pandemic

Today, we are presenting you various ideas for taking advantage of the Google Expeditions application in order to forget, at least temporarily, the constraints of school trips related to the health situation. And take the opportunity to go even further than expected!

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With the significant restrictions in these times of COVID-19, it will be necessary to use ingenuity when it comes to school trips. Digital technology can become a precious ally in this regard and make us travel even further than expected: if we cannot take students to culture, culture will come to them. Today, we discover the Google Expeditions application. 

Application home interface

Varied content

Bringing together diverse content, ranging from science to history, geography and art, the Google Expeditions app (available on iOS and Android) opens a great digital door to the outside world. 

Offering a growing bank of content for free in augmented reality, but also in virtual reality, the application has the advantage of being able to be used offline once the content has been downloaded (effective in adapting to sometimes very different connection realities. ). 

A museum in its class

Interactive guided tour mode

The application also allows you to create your own educational paths for students. The teacher can then choose the role of "guide" to script the presentation of the different content that meets their needs. Students could also use it as a support for an oral presentation.

The classroom space can also easily become a museum where QR codes are scanned to access the works. Simple and fast, this method puts the students in action (both physically by their movement, but also intellectually by the related pedagogical task to be carried out). 

We can even go further: what if the pupils themselves created an exhibition on a given theme? 

Creator Tower : create your own routes

Always in order to put the students in action, the site Creator Tower allows you to design your own content in virtual reality (which will then be available on Google Expeditions) in a simple and intuitive way. The best way to understand what it is is to start by using a template (template) among those proposed. We then discover that we can create a scene by inserting a 360 ° image, then “points of interest” which contain additional information. You can also add several scenes for the same subject.

This opens up various educational possibilities. Why not summarize one of your chapters with the final task of creating a “virtual tour” in the application? These productions can be published in public (accessible to all) or private format, as desired. 

Another example of use: give students, at regular intervals, moments of creation on Creator Tower so that they can stage information gradually. The application wizard offers two possibilities:

  • creation from 360 ° content taken from Google Street View;
  • Creation from a 360 ° file made yourself using a camera / camera.

Once the creation has started, the user can add information written in the form of text pellets, but also link images or sound comments to accompany the visit.  

Diversified media that will provide as many possibilities for creation and design in order to take advantage of the knowledge gathered by the students.

Tour Creator Mode

Remote exchange 

You had planned an exchange with other students, but it fell through with the pandemic situation? Suggest that the students present their school or their living environment using the techniques presented above, and use the application FlipGrid to make their correspondents react.

A good way to use the strength of each tool, while serving a common educational objective: that of temporarily forgetting the exceptional constraints linked to the health situation. 

In summary

The Google Expeditions application, as well as its creation assistant Creator Tower, will allow you to go beyond the classroom walls while placing the pupils in action in a creative activity. 

Personally, I will use this application for my first project of the year in high school social sciences; the pupils will have to retrace the path of an investigation, adding a description, place by place, summarizing the information gathered. I will be sure to share the results with you! 

I wish you a good start to school under these special conditions. 

In addition, Carrefour education offers you its list of applications for virtual reality in class. 

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About the Author

Laurent Di Pasquale
Laurent Di Pasquale
Laurent Di Pasquale is a secondary school human sciences teacher in Belgium and a digital-supported pedagogy trainer. He describes his pedagogy as being deeply positivist, human and innovative. Her first four years in special education forced her to show creativity and benevolence in her practices, in order to make students want to learn, despite their difficulties. He also helps his colleagues on a daily basis to develop their practices. This is what pushed him since September 2018 to open a Facebook page dedicated to Ed.Tech, where he publishes new tools to use, daily advice, and examples of innovative activities.

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