HMH and Google Launch VR Field Trips Program

Houghton Mifflin HarcourtHoughton Mifflin Harcourt announced today that, in partnership with Google, it is launching the first-ever curriculum-based virtual reality field trips.

HMH Field Trips for Google Expeditions have been developed to integrate with the HMH curriculum. Relevant programs will contain free teacher guides for HMH customers, including student activities and lesson plans, which will enable educators to integrate the VR trips seamlessly into their classrooms.

Current field trips include journeys to the Everglades and prehistoric caves. The field trips can all be found on the Google Expeditions app.

Full press release below:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Unveils First-Ever Curriculum-Based Virtual Reality Field Trips for Google Expeditions

Content partnership with Google enables students and teachers to journey through time and space to experience the Wild West, Florida Everglades and more

BOSTON – June 27, 2016 – Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today launched the first HMH Field Trips for Google Expeditions for students grades K-12. Announced at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, HMH’s offering currently includes four field trips aligned to select HMH science and social studies curriculum, which are now available via the Google Expeditions Android app. More than 20 additional HMH Field Trips, as well as iOS availability of the Expeditions app, are planned for release over the coming months.

As a Google content partner, HMH has developed field trips that go hand-in-hand with HMH curriculum. Relevant programs will contain free teacher guides for HMH customers, including student activities and lesson plans, which will enable educators to integrate the virtual field trips seamlessly into their classrooms.

“Google Expeditions allows us to build more immersive learning experiences for our students than ever before,” said Mary Cullinane, Chief Content Officer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “We can take them on field trips under water, up mountains and even back in time in ways we could only have dreamed of just a few years ago. Our partnership with Google will bring what students are learning to life in exciting new ways while dedicated teacher support will ensure this technology truly enables learning.”

More than 20 additional HMH Field Trips for Google Expeditions are planned over the next several months, including journeys to the Alamo, Gettysburg, the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, and back in time to the Roaring Twenties.

Current HMH Field Trips available include:

American Expands West, which takes students for a ride through the prairie in a covered wagon and teaches them about life on the range for early pioneers (grades 6-12);
The Florida Seminoles, which journeys to the Everglades via dugout canoes to experience life from the viewpoint of the ancient Seminole Tribe (grades 6-12);
Natural Bridge Caverns, an exploration of prehistoric caves formed during the Age of Dinosaurs (grade 5);
How People Use Natural Resources, which travels into the heart of a swamp to investigate how people use the natural world to create things such as clothing, buildings and utensils (grades K-2).

HMH is showcasing all four field trips at its ISTE stand located at booth #1711. Please click here for more information.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company with the mission of changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world’s largest providers of pre-K–12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH’s interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by more than 50 million students in over 150 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children’s books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.


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