This article discusses four recently-released technologies from Google EDU, whose Google Classroom already has over ten million active users. The Expeditions application lets students and instructors visit virtual locations with relevant information about each site using their cell-phones and cardboard binoculars. I personally hope this project will help schools with increasingly-limited resources provide their students with more meaningful hands-on experiences “outside” the classroom.
The second, Cast for Education, seems particularly useful for flipped classrooms and lets students project content from their devices with permission from the instructor. I find myself most fascinated with the Google Bloks project, which has students learn the basic principles of coding using connectable pucks with specific functions. The sequence of commands from finished “lines” of pucks are then transmitted wirelessly onto other devices. Click the link below for more information.