When Callaway High students Beyounce Williams and Elijah Godfrey entered Laura Banks’ Biology class on Friday, they did not know they were going to experience running with an extinct Tyrannosaurus Rex or pollinating a flower with a bee. As members in a class that was test group for the Google Expeditions Augmented Reality Pioneer Program (Expeditions), that is exactly what they did.
With Expeditions, teachers and students map the physical classroom and place 3D objects like one of Michelangelo’s statues on the students’ desks so that everyone can examine the statue together at the same time. Anything from a strand of DNA to a whirling tornado can be brought into the classroom. Students can get up close to see detail of the subject or step back to get a sense of scale and point out new discoveries together. Teachers are able to highlight specific points of interest on the object and incorporate it to suit the lesson.
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