Virtual Reality in Pre-Kindergarten

Mrs. Lisa Norton’s class took a virtual field trip to extend their classroom study and knowledge of transportation and roads. The class explored various types of tunnels and bridges. They focused on how the structures were built, what types of vehicles travel on them, and where they were located. Virtual field trips instantly connect students with learning opportunities they may not get to experience otherwise.

SJDS Board approved the purchase of a classroom set of twenty Google Expeditions View Master VR Goggles and Android devices to promote innovative learning while exploring the world around us.

Google Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world — get up close with historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit outer space!

Built for the classroom and small group use, Google Expeditions allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way.

• Guide classroom-sized groups of locally connected users from your phone or tablet.
• Explore along with a guide in immersive VR by putting your Android phone into a Google Cardboard viewer ( or use an Android tablet or phone in 2D “magic window” mode.
• Connect devices over the same WiFi network - if the Guide has downloaded some Expeditions, there is no internet connectivity required to run the Expedition!
• Choose from a growing list of over 200 Expeditions - each one is a curated set of VR imagery along with integrated descriptions, talking points and questions.

Shannon Kirkland