AND how amazing it is!!!
Mrs. Rudel's amazing Second Graders have been studying National Monuments and connecting with their significance and wonder. We had researched them by using our social studies book, library books, technology…but it is when we actually had an opportunity to experience the wonder…that's when the meaningful learning and making connections began. Through the use of Google Expeditions we were able to actually visit the Statue of Liberty and experience the AWE of this beautiful monument. The excitement filled the room when the children lifted their viewfinder to their eyes and their guided adventure began…connecting the emotional with the research…creating an experience that will not be forgotten.
Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets the teacher 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.
Through a grant from the Norwood Park Township, we were able to purchase this virtual reality kit. The children, as well as Mrs. Rudel look forward to many more adventures in the future using Google Expedition!