Google Virtual Reality

Google Takes Fulneck Pupils On A Virtual Reality Field Trip

Pupils at a Pudsey school have been taken on a virtual reality field trip, courtesy of internet tech giant, Google.

The students from Fulneck School were participating in a new Google Expedition experience, where the lesson is viewed through cardboard goggles attached to a Google mobile phone and synched to a teacher-operated app.

From the comfort of the classroom, science teacher and keen rock climber, Mark Robinson, led his pupils on a gruelling three-day climb up the infamous El Capitan vertical rock formation, located in Yosemite National Park, California.

The Google Cardboards gave the youngsters looking through them 360 deg and 3D images of El Capitan and the surrounding landscape. At each image, Mr Robinson was able to talk about the challenges facing the climbers and the equipment needed to reach the top.

Mr Robinson said: “This Google Expedition was simply superb and was an incredibly exciting way to deliver a lesson. “The quality of the images was fantastic, and, because they were 360 deg, wherever the children moved their heads the view changed accordingly

“There are scores of expeditions to choose from, and I chose this one because of my rock climbing hobby. And, once we left California after completing our climb, the class picked the next destination. “I think there’s a very good chance these Google Cardboards will become a reality and part of everyday teaching. Anything that enhances the learning experience is to be welcomed.”

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