MEXICO – Mexico Elementary School third graders walked the Great Wall of China, ventured around the Democratic Republic of Congo, witnessed the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and explored Santa’s workshop all from their library media center.
The virtual field trips were made possible with Google Expeditions kits, on loan from the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation.
A foam viewer placed up to their eyes allowed students to travel the world with 360-degree views by visiting multiple locations via an iPhone screen.
The third graders spotted a gorilla in the Congo, fast mountain views in China, and sharks and turtles off the coast of Australia, among many other new experiences.
“It was cool and it actually felt like I was there!” said Annalise Ladd.
Librarian Dianne Barnes controlled the virtual experience by directing locations from the Google Expeditions app.
Students in grades kindergarten through four acclimated themselves with the new technology and in the spring Barnes said she aims to again request the kits to correlate the virtual experiences with grade-level lesson plans.