If you haven’t seen this yet, take a moment right now and check this out. National Geographic has created a series of 360° videos and shared them on YouTube.

Assembled_Google_Cardboard_VR_mount.jpgThis new trend of immersive educational experiences is taking education “by storm.” With the influx of videos and images like these, and combined with Google Cardboard, virtual field trips have become more that just viewing images from a museum. Now students can see, and hear what it is like to be on an icebreaker in the Antarctic, in the rainforest, or visit the Great Wall of China.

Here’s three great ways to use these videos from National Geographic today:

Learn about Climate: Students can explore videos from a variety of different climates, record their observations about that climate, and then reflect on climate differences.

Natural Disasters: Use the video of an erupting active volcano to explore a new natural disaster, and discuss how these natural disasters, even though they are far away, can effect you in your hometown.

Explore a New Culture: The video of how Vikings lived and fought has a great narration and media. Students can watch this, and then discuss how cultures and society have evolved over time.

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