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Google uses augmented reality to teach students at San Diego school

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SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — There was lots of excitement at Hillsdale Middle School in Rancho San Diego Wednesday as students go back in time thanks to the next generation of virtual reality.

It’s called augmented reality and representatives from Google went to the high school to showcase its newest high-tech learning tool.

Augmented reality allows people to see virtual graphics “augmented” onto real-world images through smartphones.

A history lesson on World War II was told using the technology and included tanks, planes and the Arizona battleship that was lost at Pearl Harbor. The students also interacted with each other while the history lesson was taking place.

“You're able to move around, with virtual reality in one place able to move around and see different spots from different places,” 8th grader Owen McClees said. “You feel like you're almost part of it too, not looking at a video — like you’re with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington talking about different stuff.”

Google Expeditions is testing the system. No date yet, when it will be implemented in classrooms. 

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