Web

Google Earth teams up with National Geographic to take students on voyages

google earth student voyages voyager
Google
Google rolled out a revamped version of Google Earth a few months back, bringing with it a new look and lots of fresh features.

One of the key additions was Voyager, a special section geared toward classroom use that offers interactive guided tours built by “the world’s leading storytellers, scientists, and nonprofits,” according to Google.

Offering a fun and informative way to explore a location through a range of often exclusive media, launch partners included NASA, BBC Earth, and possibly every child’s favorite, Sesame Street.

A few months in and the Mountain View, California-based company is now ramping up efforts to encourage greater use of Google Earth in the classroom, with the launch of brand-new Voyager partners.

Announced on Monday, June 26 at the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference in San Antonio, Texas, the new content includes Voyager modules from the likes of National Geographic and PBS Education. There’s also new material from science-based HHMI Biointeractive and ocean-focused Mission Blue, all helping to broaden the range of subject matter offered by the Voyager feature.

Expeditions

Google is also expanding Expeditions, another of its initiatives aimed at giving teachers and students more options in the classroom. First announced in 2015, Expeditions is a virtual reality (VR) tool that offers students the next best thing to a real-life field trip.

Using Google’s Cardboard viewer, students can immerse themselves in faraway locations and learn more via rich content embedded in the Expedition.

The company said at this week’s conference that it’s about to launch a “self-guided mode” for Expeditions “so anyone can access more than 600 virtual field trips on their own.”

Students who fancy a solo excursion can choose from a variety of adventures — think Great Barrier Reef, the Great Wall of China, and even places likely to be off the school trip list for a while yet such as Mars — and learn more about the place as if they were there exploring in person.

Special classroom kits supplied by Google include Asus smartphones, Cardboard viewers, or Mattel View-Masters to transform the phones into VR headsets, a tablet that enables the teacher to direct VR tours, and a router that allows Expeditions to run without an internet connection.

“We hope that this encourages exploration and personal education, making it easy to learn using virtual reality,” Google said in a blog post on its website outlining the new VR content.

Virtual Reality

Think virtual reality is just for games? These awesome apps will change your mind

Virtual reality isn't all about gaming. Swim with turtles, paint in 3D, and immerse yourself in some unique experiences the platform has to offer with our curated list of the best VR apps.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to 'Roma'

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Norsemen’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Gaming

Dive headfirst into the best experiences available now on the Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift brought back virtual reality and put a modern twist to it. Grab your Touch Controllers, put on your VR headset, and jump into the fun with some of the best Oculus Rift games available now.
Computing

Tired of paying? Here are 4 ways to use Microsoft Office for free

Many of us need to use Office apps from time to time -- but we may not want or need to pay for a constant subscription. Fortunately, there are ways to get those services without paying. Here's how to get Microsoft Office for free.
Computing

Will Chrome remain our favorite web browser with the arrival of newest version?

Choosing a web browser for surfing the web can be tough with all the great options available. Here we pit the latest versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Edge, and Vivaldi against one another to find the best browsers for most users.
Smart Home

Booth babes, banned sex toys, and other mishaps at CES 2019

From female sex toys bans, to fake Tesla/robot collision stories, there was some weird stuff going on at CES 2019 this year. Here are some of the biggest mishaps and flubs at the world's biggest tech show.
Computing

Miss AIM? These are the best desktop chat clients to use today

Desktop chat clients are far from dead. In fact, they're currently enjoying something of a renaissance. So, which one should you be using? We take a peek at the best chat clients for teams, gamers and mainstream web surfers.
Computing

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.
Mobile

Apple Maps boosts Flyover locations, indoor mall maps, and more

In a boost for Apple Maps, the tech company has recently added more than 50 new locations for Flyover, the feature that offers spectacular 3D photo views of particular cities and famous landmarks around the world.
Mobile

Google has found a clever way to make your search history more useful

Google has found a clever way to make more use of your search history by showing links to pages you've visited before. Ideal for repeat searches for the same page, the links show up on cards at the top of mobile search results.
Web

Shutdown makes dozens of .gov websites insecure due to expired TLS certificates

The US government shutdown is causing trouble in internet security. As the shutdown enters day 22, dozens of government websites have been rendered insecure or inaccessible due to expired transport layer security (TLS) certificates.
Computing

Our favorite Chrome themes add some much-needed pizzazz to your boring browser

Sometimes you just want Chrome to show a little personality and ditch the grayscale for something a little more lively. Lucky for you, we've sorted through the Chrome Web Store to find best Chrome themes available.
Social Media

A quick swipe will soon let you keep bingeing YouTube on mobile devices

The YouTube mobile app has a new, faster way to browse: Swiping. Once the update rolls out, users can swipe to go to the next (or previous) video in the recommended list, even while viewing in full screen.