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Google Expeditions Included in Global Learning Company’s Updated Social Studies Curricula

Google Expeditions Included in Global Learning Company’s Updated Social Studies Curricula

This week, global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) announced the release of HMH Social Studies 2018, an update to the social studies curricula designed for students in grades 6-12.

Based on the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards and aligned to Common Core standards, HMH says the standards are their latest efforts to help students to "become responsible global citizens."

These efforts seemingly solidify the place of virtual reality in the classroom; in HMH’s explanation of how the updated curricula promote inquiry and active learning, Google Expeditions and the inclusion of virtual reality field trips are explicitly mentioned.

"Google® Expeditions allows educators to lead students through immersive virtual field trips, promoting inquiry and observation skills during exploration. HMH Social Studies: United States History and HMH Social Studies: American History programs have Teacher Guides that provide lessons to integrate the field trips into the programs," HMH says on its website.

HMH is a Google content partner that has been creating 360° virtual field trips to accompany its content through HMH Field Trips.

"Many American children never experience landscapes or cultures beyond their home state. HMH Field Trips bring a world of learning directly to the child. Now, every student has the opportunity to put learning into context with virtual reality technology," the company says on its site.

"They put the user in control. The student gets to pick what to look at, where to go, what to try ... and that kind of environment and exploration feeds motivation, ownership. This is an experience that students are in control of—and that ability to try and retry again feeds a growth mindset," education expert Dr. David Dockterman says in a video for HMH.

Read more about HMH Social Studies 2018-2019 here.

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Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor

12/1/2016

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