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Bringing virtual expeditions to classrooms in Spain

Discover the secrets of the ocean floor, soar through space, discover the hidden corners of famous museums or tiptoe through the house where Cervantes lived — all without getting up from your chair.

Google Expeditions are virtual reality (VR) tours designed for the classroom, and the app is now available to educators and students in Spain and the rest of Europe. Photos and 3D imagery become reality through simple cardboard viewers, which kids can assemble in class. Each adventure comes with detailed descriptions and points of interest, and offers suggested questions so teachers can easily integrate them into the day’s lesson.

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Live the Day of the Dead

Mexican poet Octavio Paz once wrote, “Our cult of death is also our cult of life.” Those words capture the spirit with which Mexicans celebrate Día de Muertos. On November 1 and 2, families in Mexico honor those who have departed, setting up colorful altars at home and in public places with the images of loved ones. These ancestors are greeted with their favorite foods, drinks, sugar skulls, colored paper, marigold flowers, candles and incense. It’s a true celebration of culture and family — and has even been declared “Intangible Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO.

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3 secrets to Chromebook success from teachers of the 2016 graduating class

Editor’s note:In 2012, Google CEO Sundar Pichai shared his excitement that the Council Bluffs, Leyden, Fond Du Lac and Richland Two school districts were about to go “all in” on technology by providing Chromebooks for their students. Pichai said, “I can’t wait to see the impact it has on the education dynamics in the classroom.” Now, four years later, the first wave of students who used Chromebooks throughout high school have graduated, so we reached out to the schools to find out what they learned along the way. To learn more tips on using Chromebooks in the classroom, join us for Education on Air on December 3rd.

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Virtually explore Indonesia’s wonders with Google Arts & Culture

In Jakarta today, we invited kids from SDN 03 Menteng Elementary School to join us on a virtual field trip to cultural heritage sites around the country. With new 360 degree imagery of the temples at Borobodur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko, the Sangiran Early Man Site, and some of the country’s top museums, a class of 3rd graders was able to experience these wonders of Indonesia in an immersive way with a simple virtual reality viewer like Google Cardboard. 

Look at how delighted everyone was!

Menteng Elementary School (3)

 A visit to Sangiran Early Man Site — a trip that normally takes at least 12 hours by bus from Jakarta — is now within easy reach to anyone with an Internet connection on the Google Arts & Culture platform. 

Menteng Elementary School kids

Menteng Elementary School kids (2)

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Experiments and YouTube creators from the International Space Station

Last night in Japan, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) live-streamed a program called “KIBO SCIENCE 360 – A SPACE EXPERIMENT with Google” on its YouTube Channel. Astronaut Takuya Onishi broadcasted live  from the Kibo Experimental Module inside the International Space Station (ISS) and talked to popular YouTube creator Hajime Shacho and astronaut Akihiko Hoshide on the ground. He also performed some fun experiments. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like mixing liquids in outer space, check out how Takuya prepares coffee with milk. 

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