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Want to take your students on a faraway excursion? Need a fun activity to give your students a life-like learning experience? Immersive technologies are the answer! With just a few clicks, you can transport your class to the rainforest, ocean floor, or to a museum in Paris. Your students can even demonstrate their understanding of tricky science concepts with a 3D creation. 

Immersive technologies like Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) are now more accessible than ever! Many educators have found that the digital tools needed to bring AR/VR experiences to life are much easier to implement than they thought. In fact, if you’ve used Google Maps to check out a 360° view, you’ve used Virtual Reality! If you’ve applied one of those fun face filters when taking a photo or video, you’ve used Augmented Reality!  

Here’s a handy infographic to help introduce you to these immersive technologies: 

And an inspiring video showing you the potential for innovation: 

Are you thinking about some lessons that could benefit from a boost of immersive tech? There are so many potential applications in the classroom that we were inspired to develop a resource-filled course to walk you through all you need to know to get started. Course 5134: Teaching with Immersive Technologies, will help you design innovative learning experiences that not only engage your students but also enhance and extend learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. You’ll learn about the unique characteristics of AR and VR, and tinker with specific apps and websites like Google Earth, FlipgridAR, and CoSpaces Edu. 

Here’s a little sneak peek at what you’ll learn in the course! 

Application: Implement Virtual Field Trips 

In the following video, we share 5 fun virtual field trips and the tips you need to make them a success. 

 

Google Earth 

Use Google’s powerful technology to visit anywhere in the world. (Tutorial) 

Virtual Museum Tour 

Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for a virtual room-by-room tour of select exhibits, or explore the museums page within Google Arts and Culture to access some of the most famous museums and pieces of art. 

Theme Park Adventure 

Take a ride on your favorite Disney attractions with these 360° videos. 

Video Conference with Experts 

Use the Flipgrid platform to engage with designers, engineers, authors, and scientists right from the comfort of your classroom. 

360° Videos 

These gorgeous videos from National Geographic will make your students feel like they are right in the action.  

💡Take learning to the next level with these 10 Virtual Field Trip Activities that can enhance and extend the experience. 

Did you find a few favorites? There are so many options for amazing adventures that it’s hard to figure out where to start. We suggest looking for immersive experiences that have the potential to: 

  • Enhance learning goals
  • Build understanding around a topic 
  • Offer a fun break from academics

So where are you taking your students next?? 

For more game-changing yet approachable ideas and inspiration, check out our newest course, 5134: Teaching with Immersive Technologies. The future of education is in 3D!  


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