Wednesday 28 September 2016

Google takes pupils on virtual tour

Published 20/04/2016 | 02:30

The tour can be guided by the teacher’s tablet. Photo: Tony Gavin
The tour can be guided by the teacher’s tablet. Photo: Tony Gavin
Second-year students from Le Cheile Secondary School, Blanchardstown, in Dublin take a virtual 3D field trip at the launch of the Google Expeditions programme yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin

It's a school tour like never before. Students don't leave the classrooms but that doesn't stop them enjoying 360-degree views of iconic landmarks like Machu Picchu, exploring the Amazon, diving deep into the Great Barrier Reef or venturing into outer space.

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A number of schools in Ireland are now participating in Google Expeditions, a project that allows students to take immersive, virtual-reality field trips to more than 100 destinations.

They journey far and wide with the help of a Google Cardboard virtual-reality viewer and their smartphones. They can then explore independently or be guided by a tablet operated by their teacher.

Irish Independent

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