Enhancing Student Engagement with Google Cardboard
Imagine if you could take your students to Italy to see where Romeo and Juliet lived, to the depths of the ocean to study marine life or even on a tour inside the human body. Now, you can — all from your classroom — with Google Cardboard, available through the Centers for Teaching/Learning Innovation.
Google Cardboard is a virtual reality platform that works with a low-cost fold-out cardboard viewer. Using a smartphone, inserted into the Cardboard, and virtual reality apps, this viewer can put your students in immersive learning experiences that stretch all around them, like world travel, going onstage with their favorite artists or thrilling simulations. No matter where they look, it’s as if they are really there.
“According to the ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2015, 92 percent of undergraduates own a smartphone, and this is increasing rapidly,” shared Shara Lee, campus director, faculty and instructional development. “Just think about the immersive learning experience that smartphones, with the help of Google Cardboard, can offer your students. This is also an opportunity to expand our students’ global competencies.”
Check out this video of students using Google Cardboard in the classroom.
Google Cardboard has also been used to help improve vision. Click here to watch this grandmother as she’s able to read to her grandchildren for the very first time, or here to see how this physician is using Cardboard to assist in surgery.
Valencia’s Centers for Teaching/Learning Innovation currently have a total of 30 Google Cardboard viewers that can be reserved by faculty and staff. If you are interested in reserving or have questions on how you can incorporate the viewers into your curriculum, please visit the Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation on your campus.