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Student Made Virtual Tours

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This presentation was delivered at the TESL Ontario conference in 2018. It details how instructors can get some creativity out of their students with the end goal of a formal presentation using Google Poly to generate a virtual tour.

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Student Made Virtual Tours

  1. 1. Student Virtual Tours John Allan
  2. 2. Our Route • Virtual Tours - VR or AR? • Google Expeditions • Google Tours • Creating a Tour • Student tours • Samples / resources • Questions
  3. 3. Virtual reality (VR) implies a complete immersion experience that shuts out the physical world through a viewing device.
  4. 4. Augmented reality (AR) adds digital elements to a digital view often by using the camera on a portable device.
  5. 5. Virtual Tours are a hybrid of AR and VR. • Special viewers are not required • Information appears on Google Street View panoramas
  6. 6. Have you used AR or VR in the classroom?
  7. 7. Have your students generated any AR or VR in your language classes?
  8. 8. Inspiration Field trips in Qatar
  9. 9. Virtual Fieldtrips reduce • Climate • Transportation • Scheduling • Catering • Permissions • Budget • Cultural issues
  10. 10. • inexpensive alternatives to real trips • efficiency (transport, routes set, prompts) • limited disruption to school day • vast opportunities Virtual field trips offer
  11. 11. Take learners on immersive experiences without leaving the classroom The solution, Google Expeditions
  12. 12. Hardware •Viewer •Mobile devices •Workstation
  13. 13. From Machu Picchu to Antarctica to the International Space Station Google Expeditions
  14. 14. Google Expeditions • Scenes • Questions • Points of interest
  15. 15. After many tours………
  16. 16. Inspiration •Students can make these!
  17. 17. The solution, Google Tour Creator ……………………………….not Google Tour Builder
  18. 18. How To Guide
  19. 19. Google Tour Creator Instructor Generated https://poly.google.com/view/9t_a6zJyqmU
  20. 20. Google Tour Creator Learner Generated Neighbourhood Tour
  21. 21. Google Tour Creator Learner Generated https://poly.google.com/view/89QwLqFFviW
  22. 22. Process 1. Set up or open a Google Account 2. Identify a region or topic (amusement parks, capital cities, industries) 3. Start a Tour using the Google Tour Creator 4. Insert Tour title 5. Write a Tour description 6. Select a category 7. Locate, download, optimize and upload a title image (Cover photo)
  23. 23. Sample Tour
  24. 24. Process continued… 8. Search for their location on a digital map 9. Zoom into the area 10. Use Google Street View to locate existing panoramic views 11. Select a location by dragging the Pegman
  25. 25. Pegman
  26. 26. Google Tour Creator- editor
  27. 27. Process continued… 12. Add scene with a description (three required for our project) 13. Add at least four items on each scene with a description 14. Publish the Tour 15. Share their tour with a partner
  28. 28. Peer review & Corrections
  29. 29. Presentations
  30. 30. Students •Create •Collaborate •Communicate •Open vocabulary
  31. 31. Google Tours considerations • Accessing Google accounts • Attendance • Browsers inconsistent • Time to locate a suitable 360 Street view • Student confidence in identifying items to include in each scene • Mysterious movement of targets in the scenes (user error)
  32. 32. Student Projects • https://poly.google.com/view/8rBMZovQwEU • https://poly.google.com/view/89QwLqFFviW • https://poly.google.com/view/eZJ4a6qvRB6 • https://poly.google.com/view/3tEEm9ZHdCr
  33. 33. Ideas for next term • students to create their own 360 scenes • post them to Google Street View • use them as the scenes for their project • Teacher generated tour for each academic course
  34. 34. • Google Tour Creator - Poly https://vr.google.com/tourcreator • How To Create a Virtual Tour https://bit.ly/2KPRVcV • Blog Post Virtual Field Trips http://bit.ly/2y8oRKd • Google Expeditions Quick Start Guide http://bit.ly/2qc6C3d • 6 Apps for VR Field Trips http://bit.ly/2y3jAlJ Relevant resources
  35. 35. Questions?
  36. 36. John Allan mrpottz Thank You?

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