On Monday, November 20, all students at Princeton Academy were proud to participate in Google's Expeditions Pioneer Program. Google Expeditions is where show-and-tell meets augmented reality (AR). Expeditions AR uses Google's AR technology to map the physical classroom and place 3D objects. Students can walk all around the objects, get in close to spot details, and step back to see the full picture.
This fall, Director of Technology Ray Shay was contacted by Google with an invitation for Princeton Academy students to beta test this new educational experience. Shay said, "We were thrilled when Google contacted us and really embraced this unique opportunity for all students to participate." He continued, "We structured an entire day around Google's visit to campus by setting up AR lessons for every class in kindergarten through grade 8."
Imagine staring into the eye of a miniature Category 5 hurricane or getting up close with a strand of DNA. With Expeditions AR, Princeton Academy teachers were able to bring the world into the classroom and engage students with immersive lessons. Some of the other Expeditions included the Solar System, Forces of Nature, The World of Ancient Rome, Renaissance Art, Dinosaurs and more. Topics were intentionally adapted for the age group and curriculum.
As Google continues to develop this ground-breaking educational technology, it is encouraging schools to share feedback through the Pioneer Program. Many Princeton Academy students shared their ideas about what could be added and/or improved about the app. Headmaster Rik Dugan stated, "What an amazing opportunity for our young men to be involved with the development of such an inspired use of technology in the classroom."