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    A Visit to the Palace of Versailles—Virtually

    A Visit to the Palace of Versailles—Virtually


    Selah High School students went on a recent expedition to France to see the impressive Palace of Versailles.  No, students didn’t board a plane to fly hours across the Atlantic Ocean, but instead saw the splendor of the royal chateau from their classroom as they embarked on a Google Expedition Virtual Field Trip.

    As part of the trip students saw Versailles up close and were able to experience the Île-de-France region of France by simply utilizing the new educational tool, Google Expedition, which transported them from their desks in the classroom and immersed them in a virtual environment.  As part of the experience students donned a pair of goggles which provided them with a three dimensional picture at 360º and allowed them to connect with a different part of the world that they wouldn’t normally be able to visit.Google Field Trip

    Google Expedition enables teachers to bring students on virtual trips to places like museums, landmarks and outer space and even lets them participate in excursions such as an underwater swimming trip with sharks.  These trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas annotated with details, points of interest, and questions which are easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools, but also bring the world to life.  In addition to the high school students using Google Expedition to explore the world, students at Selah Middle School have also been on virtual field trips and the intention is to also use the educational tool at Selah Intermediate and John Campbell as well.

    Greg Sugden, the District’s Director of Technology says the virtual field trip is an example of utilizing technology in the classroom and how that use is a benefit to the learning process. 

    “The Google Expedition Virtual Field Trip is a tool used to compliment classroom learning,” said Sugden.  “Students can experience some really cool things and see different places in the world they may not ever experience and it allows the teacher to make these places real.”