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Google Expeditions in fieldwork

Opportunity to be involved in project

Dear ASE member

I am writing to invite you to be a part of an exciting project which aims to evaluate the use of Google Expeditions in fieldwork. Google Expeditions provides students and teachers with access to over 200 Virtual Reality (VR) landscapes which are viewed using affordable Google Cardboard viewers combined with a smartphone.

The Open University and the Field Studies Council are working with the Geographical Association and Association for Science Education on a Google funded research project to ask questions such as:

• Can a VR experience enhance physical fieldwork?
• Can VR based fieldtrips support self-directed enquiry-based learning and higher order thinking?
• What are the perceived barriers, if any, for the adoption of VR based fieldtrips?

For the project we need to recruit a small number of schools who would be willing to try out the technology with their students and to provide feedback to Open University researchers.

We are therefore inviting you to a workshop on Wednesday 13th July at the Open University's campus in Milton Keynes so that you can try out some of this technology, hear more about the research project and potentially become one of the schools involved. Travel costs (up to £50.00) and expenses are provided. We would particularly like to involve teachers who are using fieldwork as part of their GCSE or A level teaching (or have used it in the past). To book your place, please e-mail Julie Beattie at by Friday 1st July.

Yours sincerely

Marianne Cutler, Director Curriculum Innovation (ASE)

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