Now, teachers can lead students on tours they have created in Tour Creator. There is even a message in the Tour Creator editor reminding creators of the ability to view tours in Google Expeditions.
Additionally, this Expeditions-Tour Creator integration works in reverse. When viewing a Tour Creator tour on the web, the share button has a Google Expeditions icon. This applies to any publicly published Tour Creator tour. Published tours are available at Google’s Poly Tour page.
This brings us to an important caveat. As of January 2019, Google’s new material design is only present in the Google Expeditions Android app. The new look and Tour Creator integration are not available in the Apple App Store Google Expeditions app. So this does not apply to Google Expeditions on iPads yet.
Thank you for reading. Do you have questions about Google Expeditions and Tour Creator? Please comment below or tweet me, @TomEMullaney. Thanks for reading.
Google Jamboard – Use Google Jamboard and the Jamboard app to Design a ‘be kind’ policy for your school.
Digital Breakouts – I helped facilitate the digital breakout station. Googlers Anita Flanagan, Willie, Maddox, and I created a quick digital citizenship and Google Expeditions themed digital breakout, Unlock the Lesson Plan! Try this breakout for yourself by clicking the thumbnail:
After the immersive learning stations, we started the panel by introducing ourselves and sharing our definitions of immersive learning. I strongly believe immersive learning happens when students lose themselves in what they are doing. Thank you, Jonathan Rochelle from Google, for documenting my answer:
The panel shared their favorite technologies, including the immersive technologies in the stations and G Suite apps, and edtech apps such as Thinglink and Kahoot!.
Melissa shared the impact she has seen Expeditions VR have on students:
Carolina shared her experiences pioneering Expeditions AR with students and how it made them better understand forces of nature:
I shared that Google Classroom and Google Jamboard are two of my favorites because within 30 seconds of watching YouTube videos about them I could envision how I would use them with students.
The panel continued with a discussion of teachers using technology. Ope asked us how we manage the noise and excitement of a classroom using immersive technologies such as Expeditions, Jamboard, and digital breakouts:
The Google team used Google Classroom to both facilitate the pre-panel stations and collect participants’ thoughts on what they would like to use with their students. My favorite response in the classroom was from a participant who wrote, “I’m already writing an email to our system admin [to enable Jamboard]!
Speaking of Google Jamboard, I was too tired to pre-write this post on the flight home in Google Docs, so I used the Jamboard app to jot some pre-writing notes:
Thank you to the team at Google for Education for inviting me to be part of the panel. It was an honor to be included in the company of innovative, passionate educators such as Carolina, Melissa, and Ope.
What do you think of when you think of immersive learning with G Suite and other edtech? Please share in the comments below or tweet me, @TomEMullaney. Thanks for reading.
But what if Chromebooks incorporated Android apps in a way that did not compromise the OS while giving teachers and learners the best of all worlds – mobile apps, keyboards, and touchscreens?
I recently purchased the ASUS Flip C302 which has Play Store access. My wariness of Android on Chrome OS was mistaken. The Flip C302 is a dream. Everything works great, including Android apps.
Long term, I hope companies make convertible flip touchscreen Chromebooks with a world-facing camera above the keyboard. This gives the device full tablet functionality. ASUS has done this with its C213. Time will tell if these Chromebooks are iPad killers. In the meantime, here are five educational Android apps to consider using with your students.
The good news is that you can probably lead your students on a Google Expedition tomorrow. And you can do it for free with equipment your school owns if it has any functioning iPads. Google Expeditions runs on iPads in a “window mode” that gives students a 360 view. Having tried this with students, I can attest, they love it. Sure, the cardboard viewers are more encompassing, but no student has complained about not using a viewer.
A Brief Technical Note
To lead an expedition from one iPad to others, all devices need to be connected to the same WiFi network with peer-to-peer sharing enabled. Test this by using two iPads to lead and follow an expedition. If it does not work, ask your IT department about enabling peer-to-peer sharing.
I beta-tested Expeditions with my literacy block. I led them on an expedition of the Empire State Building.
The kids loved it. They were very excited. I could tell they were not listening as I read the narration provided by Google Expeditions. This was a low-stakes beta test but I would have to ensure students would listen when I led expeditions as part of classes.
Since then, I have pulled groups of seven students to lead them on Google Expeditions. Keep the group numbers low if possible. Thirty students in a Google Expedition could become chaotic. Before I hand students iPads, I lay out my expectations:
Treat the iPads like precious treasure. We cannot afford to have one broken.
Google Expeditions is awesome. You’re going to go banana and I need you to listen as I explain what you are seeing in each scene.
Making those expectations clear at the start has made our Google Expeditions successful. I have led sixth-grade students on expeditions of pyramids in Egypt, the National Museum of Iraq, the Great Wall of China, the Palace at Versailles, and the human auditory system. My colleague Cristie Watson and I have documented some of these moments with our students.
“Can we just learn like this from now on?” – something a kid just said to me during #GoogleExpeditions.
Leading expeditions is easy. Teachers need to sign in with a Google account and then simply search for and download expeditions they want to lead. Students open the app and join the expedition, no sign-in required. Students can move their iPad to change their view of the 360 image. They can also use their fingers to change their vantage point. Swivel chairs are ideal but not essential.