Year 8 and 9 students from Albany Academy got to sample virtual reality thanks to Google Expeditions. The industry giant that specialise in internet related services have created a team to showcase to schools the power of virtual reality in the classroom. Using virtual reality equipment staff gave students the opportunity to take immersive virtual journeys under the sea, to the surface of the moon and inside the human body.
The students were able to experience a level of detail that can not be achieved during their regular lessons. Each student sampled the technology which can enable students to take field trips right from their classroom. Expeditions allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way.
Albany Academy ICT Manager, Darren McGinnis, said, “The scope for development of virtual reality in the classroom is enormous. We wanted to introduce virtual reality to the students and thought the Google Expedition programme was the perfect way to do this. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and many commented on how they can see it benefiting them in the classroom in the future, which is wonderful to hear.”
Year 8 student, Anna Bonehill, said “I really enjoyed the visit from Google it was a fun lesson. It was the first time I had used virtual reality and I found it was easier to use than a computer. I can really see it helping in the classroom for lessons particularly Geography.”