zSpace announced they are working with Google to create an end-to-end virtual reality classroom experience that combines the power of zSpace’s interactive Screen VR technology with the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program. Students will be introduced to learning content through the vivid photo and video Expeditions followed by in-depth exploration opportunities in zSpace.
Google and zSpace will begin the program for back-to-school 2016 and showcase the virtual reality classroom experience at conferences and tradeshows in the United States. Through the partnership, zSpace and Google aim to reach and inspire hundreds of thousands of students during the 2016-2017 school year and beyond.
“zSpace is thrilled to collaborate with Google to bring more virtual reality content to our customers and, more importantly, to work together to define and understand the ways that experience virtual reality can transform learning.” said Paul Kellenberger, zSpace CEO.
The Expeditions Pioneer Program, which launched in the fall of 2015, trained teachers at participating schools on Expeditions and how to use the technology to take their classes on virtual field trips.
This year, zSpace will lend its expertise to provide content supporting Expeditions in subjects ranging from Roman ruins to human anatomy and ecosystems and habitats.
The learning activities of zSpace, the Silicon Valley based education company, are already being used today in over 300 school districts, medical schools and over 150 universities worldwide.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt recently announced its own set of VR field trips for Expeditions.