Google Expeditions

HMH unveils VR field trips for Google Expeditions

Content partnership with Google enables students and teachers to journey through time and space to experience the Wild West, Florida Everglades and more

Learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) launched the first HMH Field Trips for Google Expeditions for students grades K-12.

Announced at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, HMH’s offering currently includes four field trips aligned to select HMH science and social studies curriculum, which are now available via the Google Expeditions Android app. More than 20 additional HMH Field Trips, as well as iOS availability of the Expeditions app, are planned for release over the coming months.

As a Google content partner, HMH has developed field trips that go hand-in-hand with HMH curriculum. Relevant programs will contain free teacher guides for HMH customers, including student activities and lesson plans, which will enable educators to integrate the virtual field trips seamlessly into their classrooms.

“Google Expeditions allows us to build more immersive learning experiences for our students than ever before,” said Mary Cullinane, Chief Content Officer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “We can take them on field trips under water, up mountains and even back in time in ways we could only have dreamed of just a few years ago. Our partnership with Google will bring what students are learning to life in exciting new ways while dedicated teacher support will ensure this technology truly enables learning.”

More than 20 additional HMH Field Trips for Google Expeditions are planned over the next several months, including journeys to the Alamo, Gettysburg, the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, and back in time to the Roaring Twenties.

Current HMH Field Trips available include:

  • American Expands West, which takes students for a ride through the prairie in a covered wagon and teaches them about life on the range for early pioneers (grades 6-12)
  • The Florida Seminoles, which journeys to the Everglades via dugout canoes to experience life from the viewpoint of the ancient Seminole Tribe (grades 6-12)
  • Natural Bridge Caverns, an exploration of prehistoric caves formed during the Age of Dinosaurs (grade 5)
  • How People Use Natural Resources, which travels into the heart of a swamp to investigate how people use the natural world to create things such as clothing, buildings and utensils (grades K-2)

Laura Ascione

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