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John Jay MS Students Take Virtual-Reality Tour Of Egypt

From left, John Jay Middle School students Aidan Summer and Julia D’urso use Google Cardboard devices for a virtual-reality tour of Egypt.
From left, John Jay Middle School students Aidan Summer and Julia D’urso use Google Cardboard devices for a virtual-reality tour of Egypt. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
From left, John Jay Middle School students Raymond Zhou, Ronan Flanagan, Aidan Summer and Julia D’urso take virtual-reality tours of an Egyptian pharaoh's tomb.
From left, John Jay Middle School students Raymond Zhou, Ronan Flanagan, Aidan Summer and Julia D’urso take virtual-reality tours of an Egyptian pharaoh's tomb. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
Marcia Daley-Savo, a humanities teacher at John Jay Middle School, assembles a Google Cardboard device.
Marcia Daley-Savo, a humanities teacher at John Jay Middle School, assembles a Google Cardboard device. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- Sixth-graders at John Jay Middle School explored Egypt from the comfort of their classroom by using Google Cardboard.

Students engaged in the virtual reality experience through a Google Cardboard viewer, a smartphone and a free application called Egypt Chamber.

Humanities teacher Marcia Daley-Savo envisioned classroom applications for the technology after witnessing it in action at a conference.

Daley-Savo secured six smartphones from eBay with aid from the Katonah-Lewisboro School Foundation. She hopes to expand the use of technology into future units and classrooms.

“I want them to be able to problem-solve and help each other,” Daley-Savo said.

The experience offered 360-degree views of a pharaoh's tomb in Egypt as the students virtually walked through dark chambers and collected ancient artifacts.

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