Google Taking Twin Cities Students On Virtual Reality Field Trip

Google Taking Twin Cities Students On Virtual Reality Field Trip


NOTICED A SECOND MIRACLE PAVING THE WAY TO SAINTHOOD. SHE WILL BE CANONIZED SEPTEMBER 4. TWIN CITIES KIDS ARE HAVING THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES THIS SPRING BREAK ON FIELD TRIPS. THEY ARE GOING PLACES AT THAT THE SCHOOL BUS CAN’T TAKE THEM. AND THEY CAN THANK GOOGLE EXPEDITIONS. ALL THIS MONTH, KIDS ARE TAKING VIRTUAL-REALITY TOURS TO FAMOUS PLACES AROUND THE WORLD USING SOMETHING CALLED A GOOGLE CARDBOARD. ANGELA DAVIS WAS AT A SCHOOL AND JOINS US TO EXPLAIN. THEY LOOK FASCINATED, ANGELA. REPORTER: IT WAS VERY COOL. I WAS JEALOUS. GOOGLE IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A WORLDWIDE PRIVATE — PILOT PROGRAM TO HELP TEACHERS GET STUDENTS EXCITED ABOUT LEARNING. THERE DEMONSTRATING WITH AN ANDROID PHONE, A SPECIAL APP AND A CARDBOARD PAIR OF GOGGLES CAN DO. TWO CLASSES AT A TIME. SECOND-GRADER 6th GRADE, STUDENTS AT OAK POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ALL HAVE THE SAME REACTION TO WHAT THEY SAW. WHEN THEY ARE LOOKING THROUGH THE VIEWFINDER, AS THEY TURNED, IT IS A SPHERICAL VIEW. THEY CAN TURN IN ANY DIRECTION. AS THEY TURN, THEY ARE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT PIECES. AND THE APP ALLOWS THE TEACHER TO SELECT A POINT. AND THE KIDS SEE ARROWS AND FOCUS THEIR ATTENTION ON THAT. HERE ARE A FEW OF THE PLACES WITH THIRD-GRADERS GOT TO LOOK AT. THEY WENT UNDER WATER TO SEE CORAL AND FISH AROUND THE GLOBE. THEY MADE A STOP AT THE TAJ MAHAL IN INDIA AS WELL AS THE MAYAN RUINS OF MEXICO. THEY EVEN TOOK A WALK ON THE SURFACE OF THE MOON. YOU LITERALLY FEEL LIKE YOU’RE STANDING ON THE MOON. AND YOU ARE NEIL ARMSTRONG’S BODY LOOKING AT THE SHADOW OF YOURSELF. TEACHERS SAY IT ENABLES STUDENTS TO VISUALIZE WHAT THEY MAY BE ABLE TO DO FOR REAL ONE DAY. YOU ARE ARE IN EXPLORER IN THE HIMALAYAS. YOU ARE THAT PERSON. AND FOR KIDS AS YOUNG AS SEVEN YEARS OLD, TO START VISUALIZING THEMSELVES IN THOSE ROLES AND IN THOSE FOOTPRINTS, IT OPENS UP DOORS THAT YOU CAN’T IMAGINE AT THIS POINT. I WILL BE HEARING THE CHATTER ALL NIGHT. TO HAVE A GOOGLE TEAM COME TO YOUR SCHOOL, YOU HAVE TO SIGN UP ONLINE AND WAIT TO HEAR BACK FROM THEM. THERE IS NO COST TO THE SCHOOL. THEY SAID THEY SIGNED UP LAST SUMMER AND JUST LEARNED TWO WEEKS AGO THEY WERE GETTING A DEMONSTRATION TODAY. AFTER THIS TESTING STAGE AT SCHOOLS WORLDWIDE, GOOGLE ANNOUNCED THAT THE SCHOOLS CAN PURCHASE THE MATERIALS AND USE

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