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Woodfarm High students travel the universe

Google's Pioneer Expeditions programme visits Woodfarm High School.

Google pioneer programme

Students at Woodfarm High School experienced an immersive journey to the bottom of the sea, Buckingham Palace and the surface of Mars before lunchtime - all through Google's Pioneer Expeditions programme.

Woodfarm is just one in a handful in Scotland to enjoy workshops with the Pioneer Expeditions programme, which aims to show teachers and students how they can use Virtual Reality (VR) to bring lessons to life. 

It was wonderful to have this exciting programme with us.  We've seen how virtual reality could aid learning in the classroom and we will be considering this as part of our ongoing strategy to deliver digital excellence and innovation, not just at Woodfarm, but at all of our exceptional schools in East Renfrewshire. We are committed to taking digital learning forward and as such I'm delighted to announce that our Bring Your Own Device initiative is being rolled out in our schools. This will allow our children and young people to bring in their own equipment to use in lessons which will allow continuity for homework and home study and many other benefits.  We will be looking at exploring other digital innovations as part of learning and teaching.
Councillor Elaine Green, Convener for Education and Equalities

We are passionate about developing digital learning here at Woodfarm and were delighted to welcome the Expeditions programme into our school.   The students absolutely loved the experience - it was a creative and interesting morning that showcased a new way we can explore and learn.
Nicola McGlashan - Woodfarm High School Head Teacher

Expeditions is a virtual reality app built for the classroom, using the latest innovation in virtual reality technology.  Over engaging journeys are now available, making it easy to immerse students in entirely new experiences and take virtual school trips across the universe.  

The expeditions include everything from the streets of Verona to tracing the steps of Romeo and Juliet and plunging the depths of the Pacific Ocean. It has been created by Google along with a range of partners including David Attenborough, TES, Twig, Pearson, IMAX, Getty Images and NASA. 

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