Eventually, we thought we would see this technology be a highly engaging useful addition to the classroom. So we waited, and waited, and waited.
Well educators, our wait may just be over. With massive advances in virtual reality and 3D technologies over the last few years, more economically friendly options are beginning to become available. Recently, Mattel bought and reworked the View-Master. Yes, that's the same name as that awesome click viewer you had as a kid, that could take you just about anywhere. Only now, you plug in a smart phone instead of a cartridge, and you can virtually travel to just about anywhere in 3D and in 360 degrees.
To make things even more interesting, Google recently came out with Expeditions. By signing up with the Expeditions Pioneer Program, a teacher makes themselves available to pilot the Expedition program. If selected, Google will stop by your school with devices and assist you in leading your class on a virtual fieldtrip.
These technological advances are happening quickly. As the price point for these types of experiences begins to come down, the reality of utilizing them in an educational setting will increase. So let your imaginations begin to run wild and think about the next "place" you'll take your students to do some learning.