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Pembroke Public Schools Partner with Google for Education and Google Expeditions

Pembroke Public Schools Partner with Google for Education and Google Expeditions

Pembroke Public Schools are thrilled to announce they have been chosen to participate in the Google Expeditions AR (augmented reality) Pioneer Program. Expeditions brings immersive computing to schools, which brings abstract concepts to life and gives students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom. Augmented reality is a technology that allows a computer-generated image to be superimposed on a user’s view of the world, allowing users to place digital objects in real spaces. This generates a new dimension to learning and help students grasp abstract concepts. While nothing replaces hopping on the bus for a field trip, Expeditions provides an unparalleled opportunity for supplemental learning. Seeing the brilliant ways teachers integrate VR in their classes has taught us so much already, and we’re excited to see what possibilities AR brings. Expeditions VR was introduced in 2015 and allowed teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips, immersing students in experiences. In addition to Expedition, Pembroke Public Schools have also been integrating Google Cardboard into the classroom. Google Cardboard is a virtual reality viewer made almost entirely of actual cardboard. Cardboard allows anyone with a modern smartphone to experience virtual reality.
Pembroke Community Middle School will be the first school in the district to launch the Google Expeditions AR Program on February 5, 2018. A representative from Google will train our science teachers on how to use the AR feature of the App and help teachers facilitate the sessions throughout the day. They will return in March or April for additional lessons in social studies.