Virtual Field Trips
Nearpod Debuts Virtual Field Trips
Nearpod has partnered with 360cities to launch Virtual Field Trips for K-12 classrooms that don't require the use of virtual reality cardboards or other special kits.
The 10 Virtual Field Trips currently available for free in the Nearpod content store require only a Nearpod account and an Internet-connected device. Lessons for the field trips "are based on an academic topic such as ancient Egypt or argumentative writing, and include formative assessments administered through real-time response systems such as polls, quizzes, open-ended questions and more," according to a news release.
"We are very excited about this partnership with 360Cities. The beauty of this feature is that it works on any device on any platform. No other hardware or special viewing kits are required!" said Guido Kovalskys, CEO of Nearpod, in a prepared statement. "With one click, teachers can easily embed a Virtual Field Trip in their lesson plan and take students instantly to any place across the globe. We believe in the power of Virtual Reality as a way to dramatically improve the educational experience of millions of students and we plan to add many other VR features and content in the future."
Nearpod is currently running a promotion that doubles the number of teacher licenses available for any school or district that purchases at least 10. Virtual Field Trips are available for free through any teacher account.
Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.