LIVINGSTON, NJ — Mt. Pleasant Middle School (MPMS) students were recently some of the first to experience Google Expeditions AR, a virtual-reality teaching tool that allows student to “travel” around the world.

According to Livingston Public Schools, Expeditions AR is a new feature of Google’s Expeditions app that has yet to be released to the public. MPMS was part of the free student pilot program, which gave students the opportunity to have a “sneek peek” of this cutting-edge technology. Through the program, students “explored” collections of 360-degree and 3-D images—from historical landmarks, to animals, and geographical features.

Google Expeditions AR allows computer-generated images to be superimposed on the user’s view through a cell phone. The immersive application gives teachers the ability to take students on virtual field trips, or place virtual items, such as the volcano shown in the photo above, in their classrooms for children to find, examine and study.

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At MPMS, students shared the technology through the use of a “selfie stick,” which allowed them to move about the media center in small groups, while looking through the screen and locating objects throughout the room.

That day, a Google Expeditions associate, with the help of MPMS teachers, provided everything the students needed to experience a new dimension of education right in the comfort of their school.