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Google wants to put Cardboard in the classroom

Google has revealed it has major plans to bring virtual reality to education.

The company has created an education package the gives teachers all the tools they need to utilise VR in schools.

Designed as a replacement for the humble, yet ailing school bus, Google Expeditions is the future of field trips.

Expeditions effectively lets teachers take their classes on outings to anywhere on the planet.

There’s something amazing about visiting a place, seeing it up close,” said Clay Bavor, Google’s VR lead.

To enable this, Google will be providing packages to schools that can give a classroom a basic VR set-up.

This package will contain the brand new Google Cardboard headsets and smartphones for every student in a class.

It will also ship with a tablet for the teacher, which contains all the necessary software to control the VR experience.

This means that a teacher can use the tablet to choose a destination, and the entire class jumps there at once.

“The response from students and teachers has just been incredible,” said Bavor.

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Announcing the Expeditions suite at Google I/O 2015, the company showed off teachers and kids using the system.

“Thanks to an incredible group of educators, hundreds of classes around the world have already gone on Expeditions,” he continued.

One London schoolboy praised Expeditions, saying: “It brings the lesson to you.”

Google has already partnered with a number of organisations on the Expeditions program, including the Planetary Society, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Palace of Versailles.

Teachers can sign up for Expeditions starting today.

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