Bronxville Union Free School District

High School Students Travel Back in Time with Google Expeditions

Bronxville High School students recently traveled back in time as they explored a variety of historic and cultural destinations around the world as part of Google’s Expeditions Program.

Using Google’s Cardboard viewers and smartphones, the students engaged in the unique interactive learning experiences in Denise Flood’s Latin classes and Chris Doyle’s U.S. History classes. The Cardboard is a virtual reality viewer made almost entirely of actual cardboard that allows anyone with a modern smartphone to experience a 3-D environment and destinations around the world with a 360-degree view.

In Flood’s classes, the students – who have been exploring what home means to them and have been studying about ancient Rome – participated in the virtual tour, Masterpieces of Ancient Roman Art to 100 C.E., that enabled them to experience the ancient civilization and see different aspects of Roman art from all over the world. Some of the places they visited included The Pont du Gard in France; the ancient Forum of Pompeii; and the Ara Pacis Augustae, an altar that’s dedicated to the Roman goddess of Peace.

In Doyle’s classes, the students – who have been studying about World War II and life during the Great Depression – visited a number of destinations, including Pearl Harbor, the landing areas in Normandy, France; as well as Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They also visited “Hooverville,” which was a town built by people who were forced out of their homes during the Great Depression, and explored the Mattox family’s home in Georgia, which had been preserved as a museum.

“When you feel like you’re in the place, you get a better appreciation for what it looked like to be in Pearl Harbor or Hooverville,” Doyle said. “The students really walked back in time. It forced them to understand what it is they’re looking at and what it means.”

During the experience, Flood said that students were able to explore their interests and she was able to capture their attention through the lenses of the device.

“Having them step back in time into a place allowed them to get a sense of that connection to the past and how it informs their present and how they can use that to help inform their future,” Flood said.

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