To Rome and beyond all in the classroom

IMMERSED: St Anne's Primary School students Shreya Shetty, 12, Harris Arcus, 11, and Lily Lasd, 12, look at the habitat of the whale shark in Google's virtual reality technology as part of a roadshow. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

IMMERSED: St Anne's Primary School students Shreya Shetty, 12, Harris Arcus, 11, and Lily Lasd, 12, look at the habitat of the whale shark in Google's virtual reality technology as part of a roadshow. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

Last week St Anne’s Primary School students toured the Vatican, and this week they went deep-sea diving.

Using cardboard cut-outs that turn a smartphone into a virtual-reality ‘expedition’, new Google technology bringing field trips into the classroom was trialled by students on Wednesday.

St Anne’s in Albury was one of 10 schools across Australia and New Zealand selected to host Google staff in a roadshow showcasing education techniques.

Acting principal Liz Johnston said the virtual reality technology was something St Anne’s was interested in.

“It’s very interactive and engaging,” she said. “Our journey began in 2012 when we realised this was the way the world was going … now we’ve got one-on-one devices for year 5 and 6 kids.”

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