5 ways Google Expeditions opens up the world of learning for pupils
Once pupils get over the initial ‘wow’ factor of the Virtual Reality experience of a Google Expedition, how can teachers use the technology to enhance pupils’ learning? Here are five examples of how schools are making the most of Google’s visit
As a revision tool
Looking for fresh ways to jog pupils’ memories on subjects they’ve covered earlier in their GCSE or A-Level course? A Google Expedition allows pupils to embark on a virtual journey to give new perspective to familiar ground. RE teacher, Tim Shelton, from Woodchurch High used a visit from the Expeditions team to help refresh his pupils’ memories on Judaism and Christianity ahead of their GCSEs.
That awe and wonder moment
Helping children with additional support needs
Not all pupils are comfortable going on day trips and so Google Expeditions can be a used as a tool to bring the trip to the students in familiar surroundings where they are happy to engage and explore.
Read how every student at Shaftesbury High School, from those attending the school’s autistic resource centre to others with ADHD, epilepsy and developmental delay, got to enjoy trips to the moon, the Congo and the Great Barrier Reef.
The best day of my life
Encouraging aspirations and exploring career options
Children dream about what they want to do when they leave school but career choices can often seem daunting and hard to imagine when in a school environment. Not all young people nearing the end of their education have ready access to mentors and internships but Strathaven Academy used Google Expeditions to inspire pupils’ career choices – from vet to jazz musician to software engineer.
Making virtual career options a reality
Sometimes, it’s difficult to imagine how other people live. Pupils from Watford Grammar School for Boys took an Expedition to the area around the Chernobyl disaster, virtually walking in the footsteps of the workers and residents who had to flee their homes when the nuclear power plant exploded in 1986. The immersive nature of the experience meant pupils felt real empathy for those who had left their homes in such a hurry.
They were lied to
Students learn in different ways and Naomi, a Year 10 pupil at City of London School for Girls, told us about her Expedition exploring the workings of the human heart. The vivid images of the 3D journey helped her to understand and remember what she’d learnt as she could physically visualise being pumped through the heart.
Total eclipse of the heart