Inspiring in everyone a passion to excel
Inspiring in everyone a passion to excel

Community Unit School District 200

130 West Park Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60189

P: 630.682.2000 F: 630.682.2227 October 16, 2015
Google Expedition at Wheaton Northexpedition
Imagine visiting the bottom of the sea or the surface of Mars on a Tuesday morning. That's just what students at Wheaton North High School did with Google Expeditions Pioneer Program. Wheaton North teachers were able to take their classes on immersive virtual journeys to bring their lessons to life.
A few weeks ago, Karen Saad, the school's Instructional Technology Specialist, applied with Google to be a pilot school for the new program. Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom. Google worked with teachers and content partners from around the world to create more than 100 engaging journeys - making it easy to immerse students in entirely new experiences. 
How does it work? After downloading the Expeditions app on any smartphone, the phone is inserted into a cardboard or plastic viewing device. Google brought several different viewing devices for students at North to try. From the app, there are 100+ journeys to select from. Moving the smartphone reveals a full view of the journey. In the classroom, teachers can guide a student's journey and talk them through their adventure while they are experiencing the new environment. 
Teacher Erin Martin said that after reading The Odyssey, students discussed how they can "see it in their heads" why Odysseus' journey was so difficult. "We also discussed how important the beliefs were to the Grecian people, thus building these amazing monuments to their gods and goddesses," said Martin. Eric Hultgren, also a teacher at North, commented that he appreciated the immersive environment where he could focus the student's attention. 
Students were thrilled with the experience with one student even shouting out, "We were in Greece! I went to Greece!" To view more pictures, visit our Facebook page. 
Google Expedition participating teachers include Betty Basista, Patricia Caballero, Keagan Castro, Greg Chrisman, Joe Drover, Rachel Gannon, Jennifer Green, Robert Griegoliet, Eric Hultgren, Evan James, Erin Martin, Nick Mazzone, Elizabeth Ortiz, Helen Read, Rachelle Terada and Mike Voss. 
Pictured above: Students in Ms. Betty Basista's Spanish class take an underwater tour off the coast of the Galapagos Islands. 
Electronic School Bag
In the News...
2016-17 Calendar Available for Public Review
On October 14, the Board approved to post next year's calendar for public review and comment. Comments can be directed to Dr. Robert Rammer at or 630-682-2015. 
Upcoming Board Meetings 
Wed., October 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Committee of the Whole
School Service Center
Wed., November 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting
Jefferson Early Childhood Center 
To view Board Meeting Agendas, highlights from previous Board Meetings and more, click here.
Upcoming Events
Going out to eat? Support our local PTAs. Click HERE for a full listing of Cook’s Night Out events.
Fall Physics Program for Middle School Students - begins Oct. 20. Online Pre-registration is now open for the Fall 2015 Physics Club Program for Middle School Students. Link to online pre-registration and course information: Contact: Esther at or 630-544-0680. Flier
Poinsettia Sale - From now through November 1, support the WWS Girls Basketball Team and buy a poinsettia. Order form and details.
Your Choice: A Family’s Journey
to Recovery - Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 PM at Naperville Municipal Center. See the flier for more details. 
Franklin Holly Jolly Market - Saturday, November 14 from 10am to 2pm at Franklin Middle School. For more information, or to participate as a vendor, please contact Michelle Rollins at 630.649.9588 or e-mail Event Flier
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