Imagine traveling through a volcano or staring into the eye of a dinosaur. Perelman students recently had the opportunity when they participated in Google’s AR Pioneer Program. The program offers an augmented reality experience where places and objects comes alive while classroom teachers engage students in immersive lessons. Students access the experience through the Pioneers appand a QR code. Teachers guide learning by pausing during the experience to elicit discussion. Gan and 1st graders looked at animals who use camouflage to mask locations, 2nd graders inspected dinosaurs, 3rd graders explored plants and animals of the ocean floor, fourth graders examined forces of nature such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanos, and our eldest students in 5th grade got up close with a strand of DNA and the integumentary system of the human body.
Perelman is among the first Jewish day schools in the country to pilot this new technology that enables teachers to bring virtual 3-D objects and places - ones typically not seen - into the classroom. Perelman’s Director of Instructional Technology Andrea Brothman noted, “These new tools compel us to continue to think big and design powerful classroom experiences that ignite learning.”