Google will bring Expedition to thousands of schools around the world with the new Expeditions Pioneer Program. During the 2015/2016 school year schools may apply for the chance to be one of the lucky ones selected. In Lewisville ISD, Trela Weesner the Library Media Specialist at Briarhill Middle School was one of the lucky ones selected by Google to host a Google Expedition. The actual technical and instructional support for the classroom teachers for the day were Trela Weesner, Leah Mann, Library Media Services Specialist and Jody Rentfro, Emerging Technologies Specialist.
Google sends a representative to bring the “kits” to the campus which contains everything a teacher needs to run a virtual trip for their class: He brought ASUS smartphones, a tablet for the teacher to direct the tour, a router that allows Expeditions to run without an Internet connection, and Google Cardboard viewers that turn phones into virtual reality headsets.
This program is still in beta and will not be available until August of this year for purchase. All of the images were in 3D, however, Google has not moved to the video 3D experience yet supported by audio. They are creating these experiences at this time. Virtual reality gives teachers a tool to take students places a school bus can't.
"In what may turn out to be an immersive education game changer, Google launched its Pioneer Expeditions in September 2015. Under this program, thousands of schools around the world are getting — for one day — a kit containing everything a teacher needs to take their class on a virtual trip: Asus smartphones, a tablet for the teacher to direct the tour, a router that allows Expeditions to run without an Internet connection, a library of 100+ virtual trips (from the Great Wall of China to Mars) and Google Cardboard viewers or Mattel ViewMasters that turn smartphones into VR headsets." TechCrunch - http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/23/when-virtual-reality-meets-education/