Shake Up Learning just released a new list called 17 Challenges for Teachers in 2017. This is a great list of fun ideas to try with your students. I'll be revisiting it throughout the year to hopefully inspire ideas for your classroom. First up, Google Expedition!
As we all know, budgets are limited in education and we need to find creative ways to support our students' learning without breaking the bank. Google Expedition (GE) is a great way to do this! You can use GE to take your students virtually anywhere. Want to explore the International Space Station? Great! Want to take your students to see amazing architecture in Barcelona? Awesome! How about exploring the surface of Mars? You can do that, too! You can take your students pretty much anywhere you can image. Some kits can cost more money than you want to spend (though consider partnering up with other educators in your institution and even writing grants to support the purchase!). There are a number of inexpensive options as well (check out the Landsberg V2), and don't forget eBay is always a good option. Or you and your students can make your own as a class project!
Once you have your viewers ready to go and have gone on a few trips, consider having your students create their own virtual reality! The options are endless and a lot of fun to try out. So, how do you think you might use virtual reality in your classroom? Leave a comment below.
Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself. John Dewey
Julie K. Marsh is a long-time educator, a PhD candidate at The College of William and Mary focusing on curriculum and educational technology, and the Coordinator for Distance Education and Instructional Design at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing in Richmond, Virginia. Her current research interests include Design Thinking, Community of Inquiry, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), creativity in the classroom, open sourced educational resources, and participatory culture.
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