Virtual Adventures at Grade School

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Representatives from Google brought the adventures of the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program to the grade school on Dec. 14 for a virtual reality field trip. Using a smart phone and the Google Cardboard viewers, which are made entirely of cardboard, each student took a virtual reality trip that brings abstract concepts to life and offers a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom.
    
During library and computer classes throughout the day, teachers were able to choose from thousands of places to take their classes - from biomes across the world to Gettysburg - without stepping foot outside the school. The trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas — 360-degree photo spheres, 3D images and video, and ambient sounds.

“Special thanks to Google for letting the students of the Babylon UFSD be the first students on Long Island to explore this new technology,” said Linda Rozzi, superintendent of schools. “Our students truly enjoyed their virtual field trip experiences!”