Google Expeditions is an engaging virtual software bundle which allows students to enjoy three-dimensional views of many natural environments. It is primarily designed to be used within a classroom environment, as groups of 'expeditions' can take place simultaneously while the teacher narrates. Numerous devices can be connected via the same wireless network, so it is ideal for group settings. Users will not have to pay to download and install this system.
Main Functions and Usability
Google Expeditions provides an up-close-and-personal view of many unique environments. Some examples here include national monuments, underneath the ocean and even outer space. Each atmosphere is highly detailed and thanks to a 360-degree perspective, students will be able to enjoy a much more hands-on experience than would normally be possible through static presentations. This program can also be an excellent tool to utilize when students may have attention difficulties or learning disabilities.
Google Expeditions currently offers over 200 journeys and the developers claim that more will become available. It is also possible to download expeditions directly onto a hard drive. In this instance, no Internet connection will be required. It is available in numerous languages and the total file size is 123 megabytes. Most downloads will complete in only a matter of minutes.