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For kids of my generation field trips meant long bus journeys to underwhelming attractions, ending with an incongruous purchase (a bouncy ball, a keyring with your name on or a rubber snake) from the gift shop. Google – if you're not familiar, try Binging them – is trying to make them a little more inspiring, without the need to leave the classroom. The future!
Connected Classrooms is a new project that helps teachers get in contact with individuals and organisations that might be able to offer an exciting (and educational) virtual field trip to their students, via Google+ Hangouts.
It works pretty simply: teachers simply scroll through a calendar of upcoming events, sign up for ones they think will benefit their students, and then make sure the webcam in the computer lab is working.
It's a neat addition to the idea of trips via Google Glass, and while kids might miss taking the day off school to hike halfway across the country, Connected Classrooms will allow them access to places they might not otherwise see – Minnesota Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, the American Museum of Natural History and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have already expressed an interest – plus they don't have to remember to get those pesky permission slips signed.
Find out more on the Connected Classroom video.
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