Earlier this summer I shared a post on 5 Apps to Use with Google Cardboard (read it here). It’s been super popular and I wanted to share eight tips for teachers who are using Google Cardboard in school this year. On this list you’ll find a handful of things you may not know about Google Cardboard and a few ways to take your use of this super cool tool to the next level.
Brand new to using Google Cardboard in school?
Google Cardboard is a special viewer that is used with a smartphone. Kids can look through the viewfinder and take part in virtual reality experiences. There are apps for iOS and Android devices making it great for BYOD (bring your own device) learning environments. You can use just one Google Cardboard in your classroom and have students take turns diving in a coral reef or peeking at the Great Wall of China.
Don’t forget to download my free guide for getting started with virtual reality.
Tips for Teachers Using Google Cardboard
Google Cardboards are inexpensive – under $10 to purchase. You might not add this to a back-to-school supply list, but if a parent asks for suggestions on extra items to donate to the class you might suggest a Google Cardboard which can be easily purchased on Amazon.
There are lots of apps to choose from including the NYT VR app and a very cool app from the Discovery Channel. I mentioned my super popular post on 5 Apps to Use with Google Cardboard in the introduction and you can check it out here.
Finally get rid of your school’s phone ban by making a case for using smartphones with Google Cardboard. You can probably think of a dozen ways students can use their cell phones in school but the powers that be in your district might not agree. Here’s another reason why cell phones are useful in school.
Check out the Help Center hosted by Google that offers lots of tips for getting started. It takes you through step-by-step instructions for Google Expeditions.
Google Cardboard Activities
Add a new project idea to your makerspace by giving students the chance to make their own Google Cardboard. Just scroll down on this page to find downloadable directions.
Nearpod virtual field trips are like Google Cardboard lesson plans sine they give teachers a way to integrate virtual reality content into their instruction. This is a great way to clearly connect VR to a set of learning objectives. Learn more about Nearpod VR trips here.
Customize your Google Cardboards with stickers, wrapping paper, you name it. You might ask students to submit designs they’ve developed in an art class. Or you could also simply use a box of craft supplies for inspiration.
Companies give them away for free at special events like teacher conferences. Next time you’re walking through a conference expo hall keep your eyes peeled for free Google Cardboards. Companies often give these away as promotional items and you can use them regardless of the smartphone in your pocket.
Do you have a special tip of trick for using Google Cardboard in your classroom? Share it in the comments below!