Filing onto a bus with my classmates, being taken on a tour of a museum or gallery or zoo and learning about history or geography or art - these things always created a great sense of excitement and adventure.
It’s been a while since I was at school, and things have changed quite a bit. But one thing’s for sure: excursions aren’t what they used to be. Back then we could only dream of visiting the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Pyramid of Giza, or the Great Wall of China.
There are many kids at school who don’t have the opportunity to visit some of our great landmarks. We’re a big country with people spread thousands of kilometers apart. Now, students and teachers can use the magic of Google Expeditions, to take students on virtual trips all over the world, including many places the school bus can’t go!
|His Excellency General the Honorable Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia, is shown the Google Jump Camera.|
It has been fantastic to work with the Governor-General to create an Expedition of Government House; to give all students across Australia, especially those who can’t make the trip to Canberra, the opportunity to visit Government House and learn about the important role that it plays in our Australian democracy.
|His Excellency tries out Google Cardboard with kids from Nichols Point Primary School.|
Since we launched the Expeditions Pioneer Program last September, more than a million students from 11 countries have taken one of our 200+ virtual reality trips—from the Great Barrier Reef, to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.
|Andrew Hiskens (right), Learning Services Manager of the State Library of Victoria, shows an Expedition to students at Nichols Point.|
I can't wait to check out Ned Kelly’s armour, swim Barrier Reef and explore the amazing Angkor Wat… all from our lounge room!