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5 Apps to Use with Google Cardboard

Have you tried Google Cardboard in your classroom? This super inexpensive (under $10!) tool lets students explore virtual reality straight from your classroom. I’m a huge fan of Google Cardboard virtual reality experiences. You can take your students on virtual field trips, help them understand life in different parts of the world, and push students to ask questions about the world around them.

When virtual reality first came on the stage a few years ago it seemed like the cost would make it impossible for teachers to use it as a learning tool. The combination of a Google Cardboard viewer and a mobile device make this the perfect choice for classroom teachers. The handful of quality apps mentioned below are great choices for teachers looking to combine the super inexpensive! Google Cardboard with apps developed for both iPhones and Android devices.

Here are five apps to use with Google Cardboard!

YouVisit takes students on virtual college tours. A virtual reality college tour is a great choice for students who might not be able to visit the number of colleges they plan on applying to in the future. Whether the cost of traveling to different spots in the country is prohibitive or the scheduling of multiple visits is just not feasible, YouVisit is a great resource for students.

5 Apps to Use with Google CardboardNearpod is a super cool presentation tool. Nearpod has now added a virtual reality component to their engaging lessons. With Nearpod VR, students can experience the world through virtual field trips to faraway places.

Thinglink is another favorite online tool. It now has virtual reality lessons that you can access from the mobile app. With Thinglink’s VR experience students can transport to ecosystems around the world.

New York Times VR is an easy to use app with dynamic content. The totally free NYT VR app for iOS and Android devices let viewers experience the sights and sounds of places around the world.

Discovery Channel VR is another awesome virtual reality tool. The folks at the Discovery Channel have loaded this app with lots of great content. There are adventure experiences like deep sea diving and mountain biking and the opportunity to see endangered species in action. If you or your students are fans of Discovery Channel programming you’ll love the content from shows like MythBusters and Survirorman.

Have you used Google Cardboard in your classroom? Share your experiences in the comments section below!

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      • Thank you! Just to be clear, how does the VR lesson from Nearpod on MOMA work on a phone through GC? I previewed the slideshow, and parts ask for pupils to draw lines etc, do they do this when wearing the GC with their phone inserted?

        Sorry for very technical question I’m just trying to figure out how this will work in a classroom. Thanks!

      • Hi Greg! You can use Google Cardboard for the virtual reality experiences and then remove the phone from the headset for interactive lessons. I also love using an iPad for Nearpod’s VR field trips since students can move it from one side to another either in their seats or standing in their classroom.

  5. I have an entire page dedicated to AR and VR with tons of ways to use Google Cardboard in the classroom. In addition, I have created a Flickr group for teachers and students to share any 360 image they take and Creative Commons license it so others may use it in their classroom. I have found the Theta S app (even if one does not have the camera), in single view mode when viewing 360’s on the camera roll, is a good way for younger students to “simulate” Cardboard, since they hold the mobile device and move their bodies around to view the image, but they are still aware of walls, stairs, and obstructions in real life! The page with the information is located here: http://bit.ly/1pxj8q3

    • Monica

      Hi Kathy, Thanks for sharing the links to your resources! It’s so exciting to see all of the ways students can experience VR in their classroom. Best, Monica

  6. I have a couple questions re: Google cardboard I hope you don’t mind answering…
    1. For primary students, what device do you use w the Google Cardboard. Do you have a class set of iPod touches, for example?
    2. Do you have students use BYOD with Google Cardboard? If so, do you do this in elementary?
    3. We have iPads…does Google Cardboard work with them?

    Thanks so much for the ideas!!

    • Monica

      Hi Dr. Schmidt, thanks for your questions!
      1) You can use a class set of iPod Touches or smartphones with wifi or cellular signals.
      2) You can definitely use GC in a BYOD environment – in elementary schools this should follow your current BYOD policy which may or may not include smartphones.
      3) iPads work well with Nearpod VR when holding them in your hand and turning to view the VR experience. For GC you’ll need a smaller mobile device like a smartphone.

  7. Had Google Expeditions come to our school. Teachers chose their topics and led their own class presentations. Every class was amazed by the images and experience. Brought reading to life, pairing 3D sights “at their fingertips” to connect with descriptions. Students repeatedly tried to reach out and touch the images they saw because they were immersed in the experience. Incredible!

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