Teachers: your kids will love VR field trips with Google Cardboard [VIDEO]


During today’s Google IO keynote, Google unveiled a new refresh of Google Cardboard. If you’re unfamiliar with Google Cardboard, it’s a super cheap way to get on the virtual reality train, by providing you with a virtual reality headset made out of cardboard. You simply fold the view finder together in a few simple steps, plop in your smartphone and strap it to your head for a quick way to check out a virtual world through many supported apps.

While the new Cardboard will feature a larger design to support larger phones like the Nexus 6, the biggest new feature is its application in the classroom. Google showcased how Cardboard could be used in the classroom by debuting its new service called Expeditions, which are like virtual reality tours that the teacher controls. Expeditions works by synchronizing all the devices in the classroom to the tablet used by the teacher, so whatever presentation is selected can be viewed individually by each student using their own Cardboard headset.

By using a tablet, teachers can interact with the student’s devices and control what they’re seeing, switching from 360 degree photos of numerous locations across the globe or some taken right in the back yard. Google confirmed that they’re working with The Planetary Society, The American Museum of Expeditions, and The Palace of Versailles to bring new content to the system.

If this seems interesting to you and you’d like to experience Expeditions in your classroom, be sure to sign up to show your interest. More information about Expeditions and the Google Cardboard platform is available as well.
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    1. I’m the guy who proposed to his girlfriend using Cardboard they mentioned in the keynote, and if any of the school kids that get to use it in a class room setting are anything like her, then yes, they’l love it! The Cardboard team was fantastic to work with btw, I couldn’t have done it without them!

      Here’s the video:

      1. Congratulations, that’s pretty awesome.

        1. Thanks, she absolutely loved it! It was an awesome once in a life time experience!

          1. Aren’t you worried about how your going to top that during anniversaries lol

            1. Tell me about it… I’m banking on a Google chip installed our heads by then, so I can just send her to a giant virtual party… ;P

          2. Way to be incredibly creative:)

            1. Thanks, I’m very fortunate to have a tight knit set of friends that I went to art school with that owed me some favors! I couldn’t have done it without all of their help.

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