Andover Central Middle School
Heather Hawkins, Suzie Smith, Nolan McDonald, Sherye Lock, Annette Nickelson, Carly Bowden, Carlos Marquez
Virtual Reality using Google Expeditions, Google Streetview, and other virtual reality apps is a unique classroom experience that lets teachers take their students on virtual field trips. Everything from the Great Barrier Reef, to Buckingham Palace, and even outer space are available as destinations for students. Each field trip is a 360-degree experience that lets students explore some incredible locations, and teachers can take students on trips of a lifetime and make lesson plans more interactive and meaningful. The download of the virtual reality apps onto a device while using virtual reality viewers is easy and teachers choose where in the world they want to take their class.
Using the Ricoh Theta, a 360 camera with tripod, students lead instead of the teacher, they ask each other different types of questions, sparking meaningful conversations. The camera syncs with any smartphone device with an app and students create their own 360 degree virtual reality field trip. This personalized learning and peer-to-peer sharing encourages students to be active learners and take ownership of their education. ACMS is in need of 30 virtual reality viewers and the Ricoh Theta 360 camera to complete this classroom experience.