Getting Started with Google Tour-Builder
Join us to learn how to create engaging and relevant learning experiences for students with Google Tour Builder.
"Google Tour Builder allows you and your students to create virtual tours on a map, including locations, images, videos, descriptions, hyperlinks, and more.
These tours can be used in any subject area such as retelling the events from a novel, tracing the locations of a historical event, visiting different biomes or landforms around the world, and more.
Tours can be viewed by others in Tour Builder, or even imported into Google Earth for a full 3D experience" (Source)
What Is It?
Google Tour Builder allows you to create and share virtual tours. You can do this by placing locations on a map. Each location can be enhanced with various multimedia elements. You can focus on creating "trans-disciplinary" projects.
Locations, Descriptions & Dates
Powering Learning with Google Tour Builder
Students can interact with research data in a different way. They can learn to situate research within a geo-spatial context. Tour Builder enables students to create a virtual tour of their research data, adding photos, text, and video as needed.
This map-based approach enables students to organize their research according to location and impact, which is appropriate for a topic like African immigration in colonial America.
They can combine research, life stories, images, and video to make a compelling case for their research thesis.
- Tour a country or civilization: Tour a country that you will be learning about. Perfect for teaching the geography, topography, and climate of an area.
- Tour your local community: Perfect for younger grades. Take a tour of your local community. In upper grades tour High Schools and local colleges.
- Tour famous scientific discoveries: Create a tour of Darwin’s trip around the world and label where he made his discoveries.
- Create a tour of famous geological features: Students can create a tour of famous earthquakes, volcanoes, oceans, etc.
- Tour the setting of a story: Reading a story about Antarctica? Look it up! Want to help students visualize what Germany looked like in World War two? Create a map of locations and insert media.
- Compose a narrative essay: Students use the tell a story field to compose different parts of the narrative. Students can use the map/media options to expand on what’s going on in the story.
- Lit Trip - Small as an Elephant - Tour Builder link
- Grade K - 3D Shapes in the Real World Tour - Tour Builder link
- Grade 1 - Make Way for Ducklings Tour - Tour Builder link
- Grade 2 - Animal Habitats - Tour Builder link
- Grade 3 - Holiday’s Around the World - Tour Builder link
- Grade 4 - US Landmark Tour - Tour Builder link
- Grade 5 - American Revolution Tour - Tour Builder link
- Autobiography - Service to Scholarship - Tour Builder link
- Art - The Life of Kandinsky - Tour Builder link
- Important Dates In Your Life
- My Life
How To Get Started
Step 1 - Create a Tour
Step 2 - Create an Introduction
Fill in information:
1. Tour Name
2. Author Name
3. Add an Introductory Picture
4. Write the narrative or overview
Step 3 - Add a Location
Select "Add Location"
Search for address
Click "Drop placemark"
Click "Add to Tour"
You can easily add photos and videos (up to 25), as well as select particular dates, introductory text and more.
When copying and pasting content into the INTRODUCTION box, compose content with images in Google Docs first. This will allow you to develop content and insert images that you like.