Exploring and Learning with Google Expeditions
I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, one of my favorite toys was the View-Master. I’m sure you know the one. That red toy that you put a thin cardboard disk in, pull the handle on the side, and step into a new scene with each arm pull. It was like being transported to a new world. Through the View-Master’s pictures, there was an excitement that I had for learning. Well fast forward 30+ years from my childhood, and I find myself with another View-Master, it’s name, Google Expeditions.
Here’s what I found to be the key to having a successful expedition, ditch the script. Though it gives students and teachers a great amount of background content information, your main goal shouldn’t be to read through all of the content, word for word, during the expedition. Give students time to be completely engulfed in the wonder and excitement of virtually exploring the world through Google Expeditions. It’s this natural, unabashed excitement that sparks their interest. When student interest is sparked, therein lies the flame that fuels authentic learning.
TOSA- Digital Learning Coach