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1 iPad, No problem! Try Google Expeditions!

The 1 iPad classroom can be confusing to teachers, which I understand. You have 1 device and X number of students. VR in education is also a confusing thing for some people. Which I also understand. It's a confusing, futurist scenario that can seem like kids playing on a device.  However, putting them together just makes sense! Allow me to explain myself.

Google Expeditions is a VR experience that allows you the opportunities to drop yourself just about anywhere around the globe in order to have rich experience exploring! We've been talking about teleportation since the advent of The Jetsons and Expeditions seems as close as we've gotten so far! 

In fact, look at all the experiences and places you can transport yourself to with Google Expeditions! This spreadsheet link gives you a list of Expedition locations, their correlating panoramas that you can stop at, along with possible lesson materials. Each expedition has interactive overlays that will allow you or your students to read, watch, and see more about the different areas that you explore similar to the interactive displays at a museum.

With a 1 iPad classroom, you can bring authentic experiences and new information to your iPad and project them to your students. For bonus benefits and engagement pass the iPad to a student to let them guide you around which can include the entire class for greater participation.

Talk about increased learner engagement, student-centeredness, and leveling-up SAMR! Plus on top of those benefits you can tie your curricular area in with the Expedition through writing, math calculations, or hands-on STEM experiences. On this slide from Adam Geiman's Unbounded Classroom presentation, he gives us writing notebooks that can be used to help summarize and make clear learning from an Expedition experience. #BoomSauce 

Here's how to explore using 1 iPad to see what the world has to offer with the self-guided mode. 

TeachThought.com had a great article on 10 reasons why you need to be using VR in your classroom, which I've linked here for your viewing pleasure. Google Expeditions is a truly immersive experience that brings content to life and allows you to experience places that you would never be able to take your learners!

Epic BitmojiThere are so many possibilities for Google Expeditions and the 1 iPad classroom! It's amazing all you can do with 1 device. As always I hope that you found this post helpful and let me know your ideas for Google Expeditions in the 1 iPad classroom below in the comments!


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