I first encountered Google Tour Builder a couple of years ago at a tech conference and it recently came to my attention that I’ve never mentioned it on my blog.
What an oversight–it’s such a useful tool!
If you never have, Google Tour Builder is something you should try in your classroom. You can create presentations within the application or you can have students create them. Since it integrates with Google Earth, students can get a bird’s eye view of the the place(s) you’re discussing or a walking tour view.
It brings stories home to students in a tangible way–not only are students able to view a location on a Google map, but they can also insert videos, text, and pictures.
Here’s what a tour looks like:
Google Tours are free and easy to create. You can create (or have your students create) one in five simple steps (grab this free cheat sheet that shows you how):
1. Visit https://tourbuilder.withgoogle.com/ and select “build a tour.” You will be prompted to log in with your Google Account.
|Download the free cheat sheet HERE.|