TO BOLDLY GO: Google is growing its Expedition Pioneer Program, which launched in September and has, according to the company, reached more than 100,000 students to a largely positive response. The American cities benefitting from the expansion are Alexandria, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City and Washington DC. Google also plans to take the program internationally to Toronto as well as Denmark and Singapore.
Partner schools receive Expeditions kits, which consist of ASUS smartphones, a tablet for a teacher, a router and viewers that pair with the phones to create virtual reality headsets. Running on these phones is Google's Expeditions software, which creates interactive 360-degree views of famous sites by combining photographs from Google Street View. Google welcomes educator signup for the program.