LINDEN, NJ - Students at School No. 4 took a class trip of sorts on Thursday, Jan. 25 – swimming with sharks, going inside a volcano, touring Italy, and climbing Mouth Everest with the use of a new virtual reality app. 

These experiences were thanks to a visit from two representatives of Google, who introduced the students to their virtual reality app, Expedition. The app allowed students to experience a multitude of journeys around the world – while learning about the places they go – using a smartphone and a special viewer. (Younger children used only the phone and not a viewer as a precaution against eye strain.).

The app is free to download and has settings for guides and explorers, so a teacher can lead a classroom of children through the same expedition.

“It’s so great that Google gave School No. 4 this chance to enhance our students’ education with their cutting-edge technology,” said Superintendent Danny A. Robertozzi. “The more tools like this that teachers have at their disposal, the better equipped they are to create engaging lessons that boost our children’s love for learning.”