So I've talked about how excited I am to have received a grant from our local Community Foundation for a 30 student Google Expedition (Virtual Reality) Kit but the excitement is even greater today as the kit officially arrived from Best Buy Education. The current pictures can't begin to show just how amazing this kit is. The case, which has handles and wheels for transporting it around our two story building, is close to the same size as a chromebook cart. As you can see the whole top level is full of viewers (love the cyan color☺) and each viewer already contains what I can only describe as the Google version of an iPod. It's not a phone but smaller than a tablet and although its set up to run Google Expedition and Cardboard right from the start screen, it also has all the Google apps that we use at school making them very versatile. Already a few of the staff members and I have gone with cardboard to the arctic to fly with seagulls and see whales as well as a quick demo of Expedition that included getting up close and personal with chimpanzees and flying over the Eiffel Tower. Once all of the devices are connected to the network we will be able to go as a class to some amazing places. I'm already looking at my plans for next week to see just what of the hundreds of adventures might fit in with the content to be our first virtual field trip of the year. I can't wait to say to my students, "Let's get ready to go exploring together."
That's Elementary Explains is a teacher with almost 2 decades of teaching experience and a technology degree who is still trying to figure out the new and unexplained.