Virtual reality @ Chief Sealth IHS, via Google. Anybody else interested?


Thanks to teacher Noah Zeichner and colleagues at Chief Sealth International High School for sharing that scene from today, when a Google rep was on campus to help students and teachers explore the company’s simple approach to virtual reality – something he says other schools can take advantage of, too:

Students at Chief Sealth International High School got to travel to far off places using virtual reality technology as part of Google’s Expedition Pioneers Program. Students looked through Google Cardboard viewers while their teacher controlled and narrated the expeditions from a tablet. Students visited Mexico, Japan, Dubai, India, Brazil, and several other countries around the world.

If other West Seattle schools are interested in bringing this program to their school, teachers or administrators can send an email to They will be in the Seattle area during the month of February.

The photo is by Sealth librarian Katie Hubert, showing teachers trying out the systems; she also reported “hoots of amazement and delight” as students checked out what, as she described it, are “really just a cardboard box holding a cell phone.”

3 Replies to "Virtual reality @ Chief Sealth IHS, via Google. Anybody else interested?"

  • artlore February 5, 2016 (7:36 pm)

    Reminds me of looking through a Viewmaster – that’s how we explored the world when I was a kid!

    • Mike February 5, 2016 (10:01 pm)

      Google Cardboard is basically a Viewmaster on steroids.  It’s pretty sub-par compared to the more robust VR headsets, but is pretty awesome in it’s own right.  If you have an Android phone, download the Google Cardboard photo app and capture some scenes then use Google Cardboard to watch it.  Pretty awesome for so cheap. 

  • Mike February 5, 2016 (10:03 pm) if you want to make your own scenes using your Android phone

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