I’m thrilled to provide the #31DaysofARVRinEDU event! Each day in March will include an augmented (AR) or virtual reality (VR) resource to bring into the classroom.
I am revisiting the Google Tour Creator site after initially sharing it with the ARVRinEDU community in May of 2018. The site looks much better since the original release last year, and the experience is indeed more user-friendly.
One of the most popular ways of using Tour Creator is creating your own Google Expeditions. Unlike other 360 VR tours, Tour Creator allows you to use 360 images pulled from Google Maps. That’s a huge advantage for our students instead of being restricted to their own 360 content. A potential problem you may face is that Tour Creator requires you to create tours on a computer, and it’s unfortunately unavailable to build on a mobile device.
To begin, go to https://vr.google.com/tourcreator/. Using your Google account, you’ll select the button, Get Started. Select “New Tour” to begin creating your VR experience. Give your tour a title and description and begin searching for 360 images to add in each scene.
Although spacial audio is unavailable in Tour Creator, you can add mp3 sound files to load when the students join the tour or record your own audio as the tour guide.
When you’ve completed your tour, select Publish and get ready to share your VR tour with others. The sharing options include social channels, Google Expeditions and even embedding your tour on your website as I did below.
Don’t forget to share what you create for your classroom in the comments each day!