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Olivia and Grace Golio check out the Storms family cradle at the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society on Saturday, Nov. 14.

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Middle schoolers take virtual field trips via Google

By Jackie Lupo

Seventh-graders in Jin Park’s class react to the virtual field trips on Nov. 10.


DOBBS FERRY — Three hundred and thirty seven Dobbs Ferry Middle School students went on field trips, without even boarding a bus, last Tuesday, Nov. 10. Some saw the Taj Mahal, while others explored Versailles, took a walk on Mars, or visited whales and sharks underwater — all by peering through a couple of simple plastic lenses attached to a small, brown corrugated box called “Google Cardboard.”

Dobbs Ferry’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were among a limited number of students around the world that have piloted the Google "Expeditions" program, Google’s newest foray into educational technology and, for the time being at least, an initiative offered to participating schools free of charge. "Expeditions" is a virtual-reality “field trip” platform using 360-degree panoramas that can be accessed by downloading a specific “tour” over the Internet, and then viewing it through the Google Cardboard viewer, into which a cellphone is inserted. Google offers about 100 different tours, each with several panoramas that immerse the user in the environment. The basic photographic technology is like the 360-degree photos on Google Street View, made by stitching together pictures taken by cameras arrayed in a circle. But users don’t need a track pad or mouse to change the aspect of the picture; all that’s needed is to move one’s eyes or turn one’s head. And unlike other technology used in classrooms, the goggles eliminate distractions because the content is all the students can see. Read more >



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In the Nov. 20 issue, a front-page story misreported that an unidentified Dobbs Ferry High School student recently died of a heroin overdose. No such death occurred. The story misquoted a member of the Greenburgh Drug and Alcohol Task Force who participated in a presentation about opioid medications and heroin that was held at Ardsley High School on Nov. 12.