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Virtual ‘Field Trips’ Created by Georgia College Duo

Gives students K-12 chances to virtually visit many state attractions.

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.—Field trips for Georgia students can now be done virtually thanks to the work from a professor and graduate student at Georgia College.

Dr. Chris Greer, Instructional Technology in Georgia College’s Department of Learning and Innovation, and graduate assistant Hannah Jones have created the Virtual Reality Georgia YouTube channel that highlights historical Georgia locations using virtual reality and easily available to all K-12 students. The project was done in collaboration with Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Among the Georgia sites that Virtual Reality Georgia offers are the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds and Tubman Museum in Macon; Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion and Andalusia in Millegeville; Smithgall State Park in Helen; Pebble Hill Plantation and Lapham-Patterson House in Thomasville; Flint RiverQuarium in Albany; Hardman Farm in Sautee Nacoochee; and Dungeness Ruins on Cumberland Island. Greer says the goal is to have sites from all over Georgia, including state parks and museums.

The virtual field trips were created with a 360-degree video camera, but can be watched without VR goggles, though Greer says the experience is more immersive with them.

Greer also hopes to use VR technology to create new learning opportunities in topics like science and history.

In addition to the Virtual Reality Georgia YouTube Channel, the videos are available on GPB’s virtual field trip website.