After some time and reflection, I thought it would be a lot of fun to try and help bring the Grade 4 Social Studies curriculum to life and have the students immerse themselves in their learning in a variety of ways. Here is the plan that I considered: 1) use Google Expeditions to take my students on virtual field trips to parts of the world that would connect to the content that they would be studying; 2) record my students thoughts/ideas/connections (via audio) while they were on their virtual trip and then have them listen to their audio to think about their thinking; and 3) share our experiences with anyone/everyone using social media.
I am pleased to say that the project was approved for funding which allowed us to purchase the VR viewers we needed to use in combination with our mobile devices to harness the power of Google Expeditions.
|Our tweet when the VR viewers arrived.|
Peru (Inkan Citadel of Machu Picchu)
Greece (Acropolis Museum)
As I watched and listened to the students, I realized that I was as excited as they were! Here is my audio from the other day:
It is my hope that this project will lead my students to a greater understanding of what they are studying by making it more real for them, allowing them to make their learning more personal and emotional. By Using VR and audio to do this, I believe that their learning experiences will be richer and stick with them for life, allowing them to make connections to it as they grow and develop in the different areas of their life.
I am quite pleased with how well things have gone so far. As we continue to leverage the use of VR and Audio to benefit our learning, things are sure to become easier and second nature for us. We are in the early stages which means that we are still learning how to use the "stuff". Once we have that under our belts and it the use of VR becomes routine rather than an event, we will be more focused on our learning and be able to go deeper as we interact with the content. Please make sure to come back and visit to learn more about our journey involving the power of virtual reality and audio in our classroom.