App of the Week: VR field trips!


Fire up the warp drive to bring VR field trips to your classroom.

Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review.

What’s It Like? 

Expeditions offers a series of virtual reality (VR) field trips that teachers can use to supplement their curricula. Each expedition is made up of various scenes that include 360-degree panoramas and 3D images. The content is provided by Google and partners such as WNET, PBS, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Planetary Society.

Price: Free

Grades: 3-12

Rating: 5/5

Pros: These engaging virtual field trips are beautiful and include everything needed to lead expeditions right away.

Cons: Getting enough connected devices and managing a classroom full of VR-toting students can prove challenging.

Bottom line: With stunning scenes and a flexible delivery method, your students will thank you for journeying together through space and time.

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