Google Expeditions

Dave Francis, Extension Associate Professor,
Utah State University

Brendan Chan, Program Manager, engEDU, Google

What are Google Expeditions?

Google Expeditions is a virtual-reality teaching tool.

You can swim with sharks, visit outer space, walk through a museum, and more without leaving the classroom.

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https://edu.google.com/expeditions/

Expeditions combines three things to broaden access to rich educational experiences: software built with teachers for teachers, immersive virtual reality content and devices that are available to any school.

Expeditions enables teachers to bring students on virtual trips to places that a school bus could never go — museums, underwater, outer space. They are collections of linked VR content and supporting materials that can be used alongside existing curriculum.

Expeditions app ≠ Cardboard app

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Let’s go on an Expedition!

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The best way to get to know Expeditions is by going on one. We’re going to spend time going through the set-up process, then go on an Expedition, and then spend some time discussing how this can be used in various learning environments.

Reminders:

Discussion

What was your experience with the Expedition? What did you like?

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Learning environments ex afterschool, 4-H Club, county fair,

Obstacles, wifi, lack of tech, noise in a crowded area

Obstacles real environments vs VR?

Larger learning experience vs “one hit wonder”

Youth development experience ex public speaking, how does the cardboard help?

4-H Expedition

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InfiniHEAT

Aquatic Robotics

Teen Power

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Expedition Destinations & Explorations

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The list is amazing, note that many are physical locations, others are explorations of careers

Describe 4-H expedition

Discussion

What are some challenges that may come up when running an Expedition? How might we get around those obstacles?

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Discussion

How can Expeditions be used in various learning environments?

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Discussion

How can Expeditions be used as part of a larger learning experience?

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Discussion

What elements of the Expedition experience can be used to support positive youth development?

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Questions?

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For more information, contact:

Dave Francis

Extension Associate Professor

dave.francis@usu.edu

4-H is the youth development organization of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA.

Thank You.

Process

  • Get an Expeditions Kit (they’re coming!)
  • Make sure all devices are set up.
    • You need an up-to-date Android OS
    • Phones have to have the Expeditions app
    • Connect all phones to the same router
  • Launch the app in Guide mode on the tablet. Run the phones in Explorer mode.
  • Have a flow for the Expedition.

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Expeditions - g.co/expeditions

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Google Expeditions Presentation inservice - Google Slides