Ms. Bailey Pioneers a virtual biome tour thanks to Google cardboard
Ms Bailey's sixth grade science students didn't just read about biomes during their recent unit. Using Google Cardboard goggles and their phones, they virtually explored the Great Barrier Reef and other locales. Watch this video below to see more of their experience.
Here are the steps to the lesson you see in the video: (props to Ms. Bailey for flexibility when the original expedition would not connect via guest wifi)
If you'd like to try using VR with your students, there are many ways to do it. There is a Google Expeditions kit that can be purchased, but we did individual explorations via student phones with guest wifi, the free Google Expeditions app and Google Cardboard. Students who weren't able to download the app could still find VR biome videos by going to YouTube and searching "Google Expeditions" plus the name of the biome they wished to explore.
See Ms. Newburger to use our class set of Google Cardboard goggles. . See Ms. Gurthie if you'd like to try this in your lessons. Mr. Ciambrone and Ms. Styles are also exploring its applications in their courses.
There are many other virutal technologis you can use. Including web based virtual field trips and augmented reality expeditions and apps. Below a MakerSpace student explores a cube.
I am Lisa Gurthie the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary, holistic education, and unschooling school to make it more real and relevant. One day I will modernize my "about" page. Check out the other blogs on this site for Lesson Ideas, Celebration of Good Teaching, and Piedmont PD