Unfortunately excursions are too expensive to go on every day, they are time consuming; from the planning, to the actual travel time, and your options are limited by your geographical location.
But! I've discovered a way to take my students on an excursion any day of the week, and not worry about the obstacles just mentioned.
I am very fortunate to be working in a 1-1 iPad school, which has given me the opportunity to explore new and exciting ways to engage and teach children. My newest favourite engaging app is Google's Expeditions.
This app is designed with the classroom in mind. Originally intended to be used with a phone in a google cardboard, I have found that the gyroscope sensors in the ipads work just as well. The students can all connect their ipads to their classroom teacher's and then be lead on a tour anywhere in the world, using their ipad to look around them at the 360 degree scene.
Upon loading the app the user is given the option to either 'lead' or 'follow'. The teacher leads and the students follow. This is where the magic happens. There are literally hundreds of different places for a teacher to take their students.
From the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, to the International Space Station, this app can take children places they have only dreamt of; and each location has several different scenes to show the students.
As the tour guide you can guide the students' gaze to wherever you like, and you can also see little smiling faces on your screen, representing where the students' individual are looking.
Have you used this app? Do you have any favourite locations to visit?