There’s no doubt that Google’s Education Apps has changed the dynamic with free software that used to cost, well, real money. There are three extensions coming that push this paradigm to new heights that range from educational virtual reality to automatically-graded quizzes.
To start, Google’s Expeditions now has an app for taking the kids on virtual fieldtrips. It works with smartphones and the Cardboard carriers, but at the moment is only for Android; engineers are working on an iOS version for iPhones. In addition to the use of educational materials from Pearson and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Expeditions takes a big step forward with a version for use with tablets that might not be as visually stunning as the 3D Cardboard headsets, but is much more practical.
Meanwhile, the ChromeCast hardware gets new software, just for the classroom that lets the teacher have any child show his or her screen to the class over WiFi. It integrates well with Google Classroom by providing a class list to choose from, but it can’t do split screen imaging.
Finally, Forms Quizzes lets teachers quickly create and automatically grade assessments without ever taking out a red pencil. The quizzes can have images, photos and videos and if the student gets the wrong answer, you can embed hints, encouragement or links to resources.