The week before, Google had selected Pride as one of the sites for the Google Pioneer Expeditions program; a “beta test” for a new technological advancement that uses smart phones tucked into cardboard viewers to go on 3D field trips. Our students not only got to go on these amazing field trips, but they became part of the development process of new software, giving feedback to Google about what worked and what didn’t. Students gained increased understanding in the subjects they were studying and they learned about how new software comes to market at the same time.
From the experience of our teachers and students, illustrated by the use of this amazing tool, this is another new technology that helps students learn in ways they were never able to previously. In fact, technology has been able to connect students to the material they are studying in ways no one thought possible just a few short years ago.