Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Option 1: Spend $4000 and get cardboard viewers. Option 2: Put students on computers and say, "Go to"

How to control a group of students:  Don't allow them to explore independently.

OPTION 1:  Give students the same view and let them hold cardboard viewers to their faces.

OPTION 2:  Let students use their computers, devices, tablets, mobile phones in the classroom.

Go to and encourage them to make screenshots along the way.

Which classroom would you rather be in?

Go to

How to ruin independent wandering...  put a teacher in control of the viewer.
REMEDY: allow students to take turns being the guide and initiator.  "We need to go down this path..."

Get started

Expeditions are group experiences with a guide leading and the explorers following along. We recommend a tablet for the guide and phones with Cardboard, a virtual reality viewer, for the explorers. You can purchase a kit with the recommended devices from Best Buy Education.
If you want to put together your own kit, you can use the app with Android tablets and phones. Expeditions will run on any Android device running KitKat (Android 4.4 and above) but multiple devices are required to use the app. The phones need to meet the following specs and have the following features:
  • GPU comparable with an Adreno 330: This is the most important spec.
  • A gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer: This is essential for determining orientation and doing head-tracking in virtual reality viewer.
  • High resolution screen: 1080p is the minimum required. 
  • Minimum of 2GB ram, 3 or 4 would be better
  • 2.4ghz and 5ghz wifi support
  • 16GB flash memory (32GB and/or support for MicroSD is preferred)
  • Android 4.4 or later
When you have your devices, download the Expeditions app from Google Play. The first time you open Expeditions, you’ll get a brief demonstration of the app. In the demo, tap Full Screen  to see how the app works without a viewer.

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