During the months of November and December, eight Evergreen schools have hosted the Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program. This program is an opportunity for students to explore objects in their classroom that relate to curriculum in Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Augmented Reality (AR) allows a student to see imaginary objects through a digital device. Google is beta testing a new app that allows teachers to bring objects into the classroom. Kindergarten students had the opportunity to view dinosaurs up close. Third graders were able to explore features of landforms. Our middle school students were able to explore the Roman Coliseum in all of it's glory.
"It was amazing to see students of all ages engaged in learning. Whether participants were in Kindergarten, eighth grade, or adults, the reaction was always the same," observes Kristi Frankina, the District's Tech TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment). "The room would erupt in 'Oohs and Aahs', when a new object magically appeared in the room. It was empowering to listen to the feedback offered by students. They were creative and insightful, and will definitely help Google engineers as they develop this exciting technology."
After each lesson, student ideas were collected and submitted to Google engineers. Students were excited to participate in the development of an app that will be offered to the world.