Tech Tip: Choosing the perfect Google Expedition

The Google Expedition library of available VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) tours just keeps expanding and getting better and better. Despite that, it can still be a challenge to find the right VR tour to fit your curriculum. Here are a few things that can happen:

  • The title sounds perfect…but the tour doesn’t live up to the title.  For example, there are “war-related” tours, but often they are just visits to memorial markers. (Fortunately, there have been some great war “re-creations” added lately.)
  • You search for a keyword like “hearing” and get nothing related to the ear. Then you search “ear” and get dozens of hits, but give up after the first seventy-five results have nothing to do with the ear.  Finally, you think of the word “auditory” and get 2 perfect hits.
  • The cover image of the tour is exactly what you are looking for, but the scenes inside are all museum exhibits that are not zoomed in enough to carefully examine and stir student excitement.
  • The first scene of the tour is exactly what you are looking for, but the rest are not quite right, or the info is way too complex for the level of your students.

You certainly want to avoid making these discoveries while you have a class full of students connected to your chosen expedition as “explorers”! Therefore, it is super important that you fully view all of the scenes of the tour that you are considering, making note of any that you would ‘skip’.

Watch this video to help you navigate the “tour picking” process.

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