The White House has just announced the arrival of its new mobile app “The White House Experience”, the first of its kind. Available for both IOS and android, the educational app offers users three different tour experiences, guaranteed to engage students and enhance school trips to Washington, D.C.
Read below about the three different tours offered on the app and our suggestions for how trip leaders and teachers can use the app with their students.
The Virtual White House Tour:
This experience is for users who would like to tour the White House without having to actually be there. The Virtual White House Tour includes the most popular and iconic spots in the White House including the East Wing, the Library, Vermeil Room, China Room, as well as many rooms in the West Wing including the Oval Office, the Press Room and more!
How Teachers & Trip Leaders could use the Virtual White House Tour:
The Virtual Tour could be a powerful pre-trip learning experience in the classroom to prepare students for their upcoming trip, or could be part of the lesson plans for students who opt-out of the trip, but still want to experience the White House.
The White House Companion Tour:
For those who have already scheduled a tour of the White House, the app can still help to enhance the experience by providing a room-by-room description, as well as helpful logistical information about checking in for the tour, security, etc.
Neighborhood Walking Tour:
Also included in the app is a White House Neighborhood Walking Tour of the President’s neighborhood. Turn-by-turn navigation is provided to each of the stops and then, at each destination, students can read more about the sights. Stops include St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, the North Lawn, and more.
How Teachers & Trip Leaders could use the Neighborhood Walking Tour:
Students could personalize their own learning by designing their own neighborhood tour and then report back to the group on the stops their group made.
See your “Selfie” as a President?
The app partnered with Amazon Rekognition technology and allows users the experience of finding out which President or First Lady in history looks the most like them! In order to find out their look-alike-President, all students need to do is take a selfie. Which, if your students are anything like mine, should be a relatively easy task for them!
The White House Experience app will unquestionably engage our students while in D.C., allowing for the personalization of learning. Or, it could bring D.C. to life even if just staying in the classroom. Learn more about downloading the app here.
Let us know how you plan to use the app in the comments below!