WMS pioneers Google Cardboard

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes With the aid of some cardboard, lenses and a cell phone, James Decker’s Whiteaker Middle School social studies class took a trip from the castles of the United Kingdom to the peak of Mt. Everest to the African jungle. All in 25 minutes. “I expected like a virtual reality thing, but this was totally unexpected. It is more realistic,” said student Adrian Weathers. “Getting to go to the top of the castle was the best part. It reminded me of Captain America: Civil War and the places you see in the movie.” Last week, Weathers and other students at the school took part in Google Expeditions Pioneer Program, a project offered by Google allowing students to take virtual trips to far-flung places by turning a cellphone into a three-dimentional viewfinder. Using Google Cardboard, which transorms a cellphone into a device like the old ViewMaster toys, and images supplied by technology similar to Google’s Streeview cars, the goal is to create an immersive experience for students and opporunities for them to see places they might otherwise never travel to. In Decker’s class, students toured several castles that they are learning about in class. They took in views from turrets, found secret passages and discovered the hidden room where royalty would listen in to the conversations of guests. Each student in the class is...

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