Tennessee Students Use Virtual Reality by Google
Hundreds of students in Tennessee at Murfreesboro City Schools went on simulated trips across the globe while utilizing a Google VR program at Discovery School at Bellwood recently.
The students used Google’s VR platform with phones and a cardboard outside as they went through multiple different 360-degree experiences. They visited the Battle of Gettysburg, the Great Wall of China and the Great Barrier Reef as well.
Trent Cheeves is an instructional technology coach who helped to bring this VR project by Google to Murfreesboro. He said, “Just by simply using it, you’re able to enter a whole world through the viewer.”
Multiple Murfreesboro City Schools sent in applications to enable their students to utilize this VR project by Google.
Cheeves said, “I think the amount of people who also applied from here got Google’s attention.” The students have seemed to love the experience so far. The project was known to students as a virtual reality field trip that would take them across the globe. It could eventually help students to take in all sorts of information outside of the classroom walls.
A fifth grader at Bradley Academy, said, “With this you can look to the left or right or up or down.”
Google associates are bringing their Expeditions app to Overall Creek Elementary School for the students to utilize.
Jenny Ortiz, the Bradley Academy Principal thinks that the firsthand experiences are going to be very helpful for students.
She said, “It’s having that experience, that primary source.”