Since its launch in 2015, my students have loved immersing themselves in locations all around the world with Google Expeditions. From exploring the International Space Station, to the Great Barrier Reef, Madagascar, Machu Picchu, and many other attractions, students have been able to deepen their understandings of our units of inquiry by experiencing these wonderful places from our classroom.
Now, with the launch of Google Tour Creator, vr.google.com/tourcreator/, teachers and students can be the creators of their own 360° Virtual Reality tours. Starting from scratch or utilising the templates, users have the ability to add their own images or those from Google Street View, descriptions, and audio to their tours. Using the point of interest feature to draw the attention of the viewer, specific imagery and related information can be embedded to showcase information and/or learning.
Classroom lesson ideas:
- Reading – Connecting literature to geolocations (example in video)
- Creative Writing – Creating imaginative virtual stories
- Humanities – Showcase learning of locations around the world
- Excursions / Camps – Reflecting, highlighting, and sharing of experiences
- Travel Journals – Holiday recounts
- School Tours – Showcasing school facilities
Below is a short video explaining how to use Google Tour Creator in your classroom.
Eleni Kyritsis is an award winning Year 3 Teacher and Leader of Curriculum & innovation from Melbourne, Australia. Eleni facilitates professional learning workshops around the world that focus on unleashing creativity and curiosity in classrooms.