For the past two years, Google Expeditions has given teachers the ability to transport their students to remote locations across the globe via virtual reality (VR). As announced on their blog today, students can bring objects and artifacts directly into their classrooms via augmented reality (AR)!
Imagine the Possibilities with Augmented Reality
- Health and Science students are able to explore the respiratory system.
- History and Social-studies classes can bring ancient Mayan ruins directly to their desks.
- Math and Engineering students can connect math concepts with shapes and angles found in the real-world (example: finding a parabola in architecture).
- Literature and Language teachers can create storytelling prompts from 3D visuals.
- And so many more!
Advantages, Technically Speaking
Both VR and AR offer unique experiences that can be leveraged to make learning authentic for students. There are also a few notable differences with AR that are sure to delight many teachers.
- Headset not required. This is significant because recent research recommends limited use for children under the age of 12. Also, AR does not obstruct students’ vision, so no more entertaining instances of Johnny bumping into the wall while exploring outer space!
- Other Opportunities. With Expeditions AR it is highly recommended that students handle their mobile devices with selfie-stick or tripod (especially if using a mobile phone versus a tablet). Though the purchase of a tripod is an additional cost, it is worth noting that those tripods can also be used for other photography and video purposes such as time-lapse capturing, stop-motion, and of course, selfie scavenger hunts!
Formerly limited to educators selected to be a part of the Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program, Google is now making AR tours available to the entire public through the Google Expeditions app. If you are ready to explore, head over to g.co/expeditions/ar or update the Expeditions app on your Android ARCore or iOS ARKit compatible device now and click on AR under Discover!