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Wakefield College students go on an expedition

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Students trying out the Virtual Reality headsets.

Health and Social Care students from Wakefield College recently spent a morning on Mars, exploring the Great Barrier Reef and visiting Buckingham Palace all in the comfort of their classroom. The College teamed up with Google Expeditions recently and gave students the opportunity to try on new virtual reality headsets giving them unique insight into areas of interest from across the world and beyond.

Health and Social Care lecturer, Beverley Caunt organised the visit by the tech giant having successfully secured a spot through the Google Pioneer Programme. The College beat off competition from a host of other schools and colleges in the Yorkshire region after submitting a bid to secure the full day visit.  

Commenting on the experience, Beverley said: “This was an amazing opportunity for all our learners as it gave them the opportunity to learn in a whole new immersive style. The feedback I received from the lecturers and learners was extremely positive. Tools such as virtual reality headsets are transforming teaching and learning and it was great to see Wakefield College being amongst the first to try them out.”

The headsets have over 1,000 destinations to choose from and range from the Great Wall of China and the surface of Mars to inside the human body and colourful coral reefs. ‘Expeditions’ are tailored to the subjects studied by student groups.

Each expedition allowed a lecturer to act as ‘guide’ leading students as ‘explorers’ through a collection of panoramic images and 3D models whilst pointing out interesting sights along the way.  


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DATE: 21 March, 2017

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