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New Rochelle Students Travel The World From The Comfort Of The Classroom

New Rochelle students making use of the technology provided by Google through the Pioneer Program. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The “Google Cardboard Viewmaster” utilized by New Rochelle students. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Many New Rochelle students were offered the opportunity to travel the globe without leaving the comfort of the classroom recently, participating in the revolutionary “Google Expeditions Pioneer Program.”

Students in several schools throughout the district were chosen to participate in the program, which allows elementary and middle school students the opportunity to utilize technology, taking three-dimensional tours of historic and monumental locations from around the globe, all while sitting at their desks.

The program, designed by teachers and select global context partners, essentially turns smart phones into 3-D screens with the use of special lenses in a box that has been dubbed the “Google Cardboard Viewmaster.” In total, there are more than 100 engaging journeys for students to explore.

Since all students won’t have access to smart devices, Google donated all of the necessary equipment, including routers, the Viewmasters, and tablets that allow trained teachers to serve as virtual tour guides.

Locations explored by New Rochelle students include the Great Wall of China, the Great Barrier Reef and Mars.

Christine L. Colman, the district’s Director of Technology, noted that this is just the latest partnership with Google, praising the organization for choosing new Rochelle to participate in the Pioneer Program.

“We so appreciate Stephen Fang from Google Education for supporting the New Rochelle School District and inviting us to participate in this pilot program,” she noted. “It was motivating and highly engaging for our students and teachers, and we look forward to other innovation opportunities from Google for Education.”

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