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Google’s Expeditions Pioneer Program hits the road!

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 2.16.16 PMThe Google Expeditions Pioneer Program launched today. In an email update this morning, the team shared:

Expeditions is hitting the road! Expeditions teams will visit selected schools around the world, starting with The United States, Australia, New Zealand, The United Kingdom, and Brazil. Each team will bring a complete Expeditions kit with everything the teachers need to take their students on journeys anywhere. If it sounds like something your school, teachers and students would be interested in, please visit our Pioneer Program site to learn more about the program and sign up to be considered. Spaces are limited so sign-up soon!

As we won’t be able to visit every school who signs up, later in the year we’ll be making Expeditions available for download by any school that wants to use it with kits they’ve assembled themselves – all you need are enough tablets or smartphones for everyone that wants to join and a wireless network.

The free Expeditions app allows educators to create synchronized virtual reality field trips using Cardboard viewer.  The team worked with teachers and content partners around the world to create more than 100 immersive journeys.

Current field trip content partners include: the American Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian, The Planetary Society, the National Museum of Korea, Frontiers of Flight Museum, Alchemy VR,  PBS, Houghton and Mifflin Harcourt.  Subaru is helping to take the Pioneer Program on the road to schools across the world.

Librarians can get onboard this bus and lead their schools in this learning fun.

Sign up here if you’d like your school to be considered as one of the thousands of Pioneers. A full roll out of Expeditions is promised later in the school year.  The press release noted:

As we won’t be able to visit every school who signs up, later in the year we’ll be making Expeditions available for download by any school that wants to use it with kits they’ve assembled themselves – all you need are enough tablets or smartphones for everyone that wants to join and a wireless network.

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 2.35.08 PMFor more information, check out My first Cardboard experience.

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Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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