Tech of The Week: Go Places with Google Tour Builder

Take your students to far-off places without ever leaving your classroom with Google Tour Builder. It’s a free, user-friendly app that brings presentations to life with Google Maps. Click through to grab the free cheat sheet and get started!

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:

Take your students to far-off places without ever leaving your classroom with Google Tour Builder. It’s a free, user-friendly app that brings presentations to life with Google Maps. Click through to grab the free cheat sheet and get started!

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.

2. Name your tour, and get started.

3. Use the left side to add new locations. The search bar will help you locate what you are looking for and add it to your map.

4. Once your location is added, add text, images, and video without leaving Google Tours.

5. To present, click on the three lines in the upper right of the screen. Either “play full screen” or  “open in Earth” (most people prefer this option because it makes the presentation extra dynamic).

Take your students to far-off places without ever leaving your classroom with Google Tour Builder. It’s a free, user-friendly app that brings presentations to life with Google Maps. Click through to grab the free cheat sheet and get started!
Take your students to far-off places without ever leaving your classroom with Google Tour Builder. It’s a free, user-friendly app that brings presentations to life with Google Maps. Click through to grab the free cheat sheet and get started!
Download the free cheat sheet HERE.

How do/will you use Google Tour Builder in your classroom? Leave a comment and let me know.

Take your students to far-off places without ever leaving your classroom with Google Tour Builder. It’s a free, user-friendly app that brings presentations to life with Google Maps. Click through to grab the free cheat sheet and get started!

And don't forget to check out last week's Tech of The Week: Save Time by Linking Data.

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