Sunday, June 04, 2023

On Thursday, November 5, thanks to Google and Google Expeditions, Ben Porat Yosef students experienced immersive virtual field trips to places school buses could never take them. Third graders “visited” different biomes, including tundras, taigas, savannahs and deserts, as part of their study of continents and oceans. They then they took a virtual trip to explore the moon. Sixth graders “traveled” to far away countries, Australia and the Philippines, to explore different landforms; fourth graders “went” to Borneo to examine plant and animal adaptations, and seventh graders “visited” Aztec, Inca, and Mayan structures in Central and South America—all without leaving the school building. Fifth graders were able to get a unique view of earth from the moon. Students also heard from Simon of Google Expeditions, who explained that BPY is among the first schools in the country to get to try this new program. The students’ and teachers’ feedback will help Google developers improve the Expeditions learning experience in schools around the country and the world.

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