Student Experiences

Virtual Field Trips

Websites and Apps

Apple Maps - Flyover

Apple Maps

What is it?

Flyover is an Apple Maps feature that provides photo-realistic 3D views of primarily large cities and landmarks. It is available on the iPad and desktop computers. In satellite or map view, users can zoom, pan, and rotate to get a closer look at notable points of interest in supported regions.

Purpose

The Flyover feature of Apple Maps allows you to look at maps from a whole new perspective. You can zip between tall skyscrapers or landmarks and so much more.

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Google Arts and Culture

What is it?

Google Arts & Culture features content from over 1200 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute. It features a Daily Digest, Stories of the Day, and Featured Projects. They also offer exploration features such as zoom in options, time and color, and artists. Links to the art and culture partners are located on the home page as well.

Purpose

Google desires to bring the worlds' treasures of art and culture online to reach the world. This tool allows people from everywhere to be exposed to the arts.

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  • Educators can search here to find more from the Google Cultural Institute.
  • FAQ's will give you an overview of the site and provides you with instructions to set up a user gallery.

Google Earth

Google Earth

What is it?

Google Earth is a free software download/app which allows you to travel all over the world and explore directly from your desktop or mobile device. This software provides the user the ability to have experiences from anywhere in the world to anywhere in the world.

Purpose

  • Explore rich geographical content
  • Zoom from outer space to street level
  • Search for business locations
  • Visualize your GPS tracks and share with others
  • Fly around cities (or the entire world) in 3D
  • Go back in time with historical imagery
  • Dive beneath the surface of the ocean

Google Expeditions

Google Expeditions

What is it?

Google Expeditions enable teachers to bring students on virtual trips to places like museums, underwater, and outer space. Expeditions are collections of linked virtual reality (VR) content and supporting materials that can be used alongside existing curriculum. These trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas — 360° panoramas and 3D images — annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools. The app also augmented reality (AR) Expeditions available for devices that are AR ready. Check with your Instructional Technology Facilitator for more information.

Purpose

Google Expeditions stoke student curiosity and provide contextual learning. Expeditions are a great way for students to see the world and have them immersed in the content being taught.

Google Street View

Google Street View

What is it?

Google street view is a feature on Google maps that has panoramic views of most places in the world. Google has driven street view cars, went down rivers by boat, and hiked to bring you the best views and photos possible of urban and rural cities. You can take a stroll down a historic park or look 360 degrees around a mountain.

Purpose

Google map street view allows students to see what different parts of the world at their fingertips. It is great for historical comparisons, landforms, novel settings, landmarks, and traveling to places you may never get a chance to experience.

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How to use Google street view in the classroom

Virtual field trip ideas with Google street view

Classroom integration with Google street view

Tour Builder

Google Tour Builder

What is it

Tour Builder is a new way to show people the places you've visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.

Purpose

Tour Builder is a web-based tool for storytelling. It’s easy to integrate text, photos, and videos onto Google Maps to create an immersive storytelling experience for your viewers.

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  • Visit the Tour Builder Gallery for sample tours.
  • Once you've made your own tour, import and open it into Google Earth to get the full visual effect of your tour.

Tour Creator

Tour Builder

What is it

Google Tour Creator allows students, teachers and anyone with a story to tell the ability to create a virtual reality (VR) tour using imagery from Google Street View or their own 360 photos. Published tours are housed on Poly, Google's library for 3D virtual and augmented objects. When viewed on a mobile device or tablet, these tours can be viewed in VR headset mode making it compatible with our VR headsets. Or, share a published with students via a single link or QR code.

Purpose

Tour Creator serves like a web-based version of Google Expeditions so that students with any device can view the custom tour. Photo overlays and sound added to tours make it an excellent tool to build curiosity and context for students.

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  • Tour Creator Help
  • Use this template to collaboratively work on an outline of a tour.
  • The ability to create custom tours and import them into the Google Expeditions app is coming soon!

YouTube 360

YouTube 360

What is it?

YouTube 360-degree videos let you look in any direction, not just where the camera is pointing. For full effect, watch these videos with a VR headset, but they are also impactful when using the YouTube app on mobile devices. You can also tap, drag, look around, and maneuver the videos in a Chrome browser on a computer or laptop.

Purpose

These videos allow the viewer to see things from a different perspective and provide the experience of being an on-scene spectator. Students can now visit Mars, experience life in battle trenches and even break through the ice pack of Antarctica to study penguins. VR video gives you a sense of depth as you look around in every direction.

Tips

Start exploring 360-degree video at this Virtual Reality Channel. Search for additional 360 VR videos on YouTube by typing #360 into the search bar. Contact your Instructional Technology Facilitator to check out a 360 camera that will make these videos.

Design Thinking

What is it?

"The term “design thinking” is often attached to maker spaces and STEM labs. However, design thinking is bigger than STEM. It begins with the premise of tapping into student curiosity and allowing them to create, test and re-create until they eventually ship what they made to a real audience (sometimes global but often local). Design thinking isn’t a subject or a topic or a class. It’s more of way of solving problems that encourages risk-taking and creativity."

---John Spencer

Purpose

  • Provides a framework for the creative process
  • Opportunity to learn through creation and problem solving
  • Acts as a formative and summative assessment tool
  • Encourages critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication as students are designing and creating to learn
  • Provides cycle of feedback and iteration
  • Allows for student reflection and cultivates grit with the opportunities to fail forward
  • Allows for authentic audience and purpose to drive learning

The Launch Cycle

Genius Hour Blueprint

Genius Hour Blueprint.pptx

THE GENIUS HOUR BLUEPRINT By A.J. Juliani