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This post was originally published here by AppsEvents on April 8, 2016
Written by Allison Mollica and Rachel Small
Written by Allison Mollica and Rachel Small
Google has developed an economical way for schools to virtually visit attractions all throughout the world. Google’s Expeditions Pioneer Program created over a hundred curriculum based 3D virtual field trips for teachers to guide students through various destinations using Google Cardboard and an inexpensive device.
It was a wild day of @GoogleForEdu’s #GoogleExpeditions at Memorial Elementary School in Burlington, MA. Last week, Burlington Public School students from grades 2-8 worked with various Expeditions ranging from Biomes, Historic Philadelphia, Famous US Landmarks, Canada, Desert Habitats, Landforms, Taj Mahal, and Coral Reef...
Sean Musselman leading third grade students through
various rooms of the Staten Island Transfer Station.
Using Google’s Expeditions technology (and his schema), Sean Musselman (BPS Science Specialist) directed students to various areas of the Staten Island Transfer Station in New York, New York while sharing information and essential questions given to him via the Expeditions app. Many heartfelt “oohs” and “ahhhs” came from students and teachers. Sean led third and fifth grade students on a tour of the recycling process starting with throwing trash away, working its way through the recycling plant, and then getting loaded for delivery to production facilities. As Sean talked about aseptic (e.g. milk, orange juice) materials and how they go through the recycling plant, students focused directly on a 3D image of the actual plant. Sean and the students discussed how bales are transported to the paper mill to be turned into paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, etc.
Virtual Reality Panorama Titles
1 - Staten Island Transfer Station
2 - Rail Yard
3 - Sims Municipal Recycling Center
4 - Bale Storage Building
5 - Lower East Side Ecology Center
6 - Gowanus EWaste Warehouse
Ali, a fifth grader, recalled, “It was really cool we could explore and discover different places in one room. I felt as if I were there!”
Sean Musselman teaching fifth grade students about the recycling process.
Tyler C. said, “I like going places virtually because we can go almost anywhere to learn without leaving the comfort of our own school or risk getting hurt at the sites.”
Tyler taking comfort as he visits Historic Philadelphia.
Rozzi exclaimed, “I love Google Expeditions. It really helps us learn about places we may not ever be able to actually go.”
Our Expeditions Timeline
Hope & Dream
- Expeditions asked Rachel to submit a schedule proposal that met all requirements as well as a contract signed by Deb Dressler (Memorial’s Principal)
- Deb Dressler, Paula Weldon (Technology Integrator), and Rachel created a schedule proposal
- Expeditions requires 18-20 sessions throughout the day. Memorial Elementary School could only come up with 16 sessions because grades 2, 3, 4, & 5 have four classes each. (Expeditions is only for children ages 7 and up.) We invited a couple of Marshall Simonds Middle School classes to come experience a few Expeditions.
- Katie Bercury (BPS Social Studies Coach) and Sean Musselman (BPS science specialist) documented all applicable expeditions that fit BPS social studies and science curriculum by grade level
- Teachers selected the Expeditions they wanted their students to experience
- Expeditions accepted our schedule proposal and sent confirmation
Google’s Expeditions Day
- Alex, an awesome Google’s Expeditions associate, brought everything we needed that included Google Cardboard and phones for 60 students and two tablets to run the phones. Once a tablet is set to a destination, the phones travel accordingly.
- Alex taught participating educators about the app in a quick 15 minute training session at the beginning of the day
- Two concurrent 30 minute Expedition sessions ran throughout the day. (There was a required hour lunch break in the middle of the sessions in order to charge the phones!)
- Students reflected upon their experience using this Google Slides Template that can be found in Slides if you are a Google Apps for Education School.
More information about the Google’s Expeditions Pioneer Program can be found here.
Allison Mollica is a Google Certified: Educator, Innovator, Administrator, & Education Trainer as well as a Secondary Virtual Instructor of Computers and Web Design and an educational technology leader, facilitator & enthusiast! Allison has worked in educational technology for over 18 years and has a Master's in Technology in Education and Advanced Certificate in Online Instruction through Lesley University, Boston, MA. @AMollica can be found on Twitter.
Rachel Small is the Teacher Librarian at Memorial Elementary School in Burlington, Massachusetts. She has been a fifth grade teacher, curriculum coordinator/ literacy coach, and middle school English instructor. Rachel is also a presenter, education/ technology/ social media consultant, and a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She is extremely passionate about helping teachers blend the best practices of literacy with connected learning while trusting the process. @RachelVSmall can be found on Twitter.
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NYC Metro Summit Featuring Google for Education March 19, 2016
The Eleanor Roosevelt High School in cooperation with AppsEvents and LogicWing is proud to be hosting the first NYC Metro Google for Education Summit on with the Google EDU certification preparation bootcamp being offered as a whole day pre-summit course on Friday, March 18th.
The summit is a fantastic learning event to support classroom teachers, school leaders and school IT staff on leveraging Google Apps for Education tools to enhance and support 21st century learning.
Check out some of the exciting things you can look forward to during the 1 day summit..
Customize your summit learning according to your experience or job role!
All AppsEvents summits have some specific learning pathways that goes beyond Google Apps for attendees who want to take deeper dives into specific subjects or job roles. Remember though that all sessions are ‘open access’ so attendees can choose individual sessions depending on their areas of interest and many choose last minute depending on the conversations they have on the day.
Beginner / Intermediate
Do you feel that you need more time to explore specific tools? Start your day on the right foot with our focused beginner/intermediate sessions. We have sessions on the core Google apps such as Docs and Drive, Sheets, creative ways of using Slides for a collaborative classroom, using Sites for digital portfolios, among others on using technology and Google tools for deeper learning, enhanced communication and productivity.
Advanced & More
Ready to level up? Come prepared with a basic knowledge of Google Forms and get ready to become a Forms and automation expert in Adam Schoenbart’s session, “How To Make Feedback Better & Easier”. Learn also how to build a user friendly database on Google Sites to view lesson plans using Autocrat and Awesome Tables. In this session, you will get a feel for designing and distributing curriculum templates as well as building a curriculum database for your organization.
If you are an educator, trainer, leader, or admin ` whatever your role, whatever your goals, there is a wide selection of sessions!
For a more comprehensive list of the various sessions, please visit https://nymetro2016.sched.org/
International Hangout on Air: Demo Slams LIVE
Watch the infamous International HOA ~ Demo Slam Live ~ led and organized by Lee Webster from Bangkok, Thailand!
The Demo Slam sessions are a group of educators from around the world who get together once a month and compete against each other by doing a demo slam on any Google Product. The Slam is now sponsored by AppsEvents.
For more information, you can access or join the Demo Slam community through this link.
We will also have a Demo Slam session for summit attendees where we encourage everyone to showcase a tip or trick that others will be able to use or less. Slams can be pre-planned and expected to have been rehearsed/prepared. Learn more or submit your slam ideas here!
Early bird has been extended to March 4th ~ only $129 to enjoy all of these GREAT benefits! Don't miss it!