Guide a group expedition

This article is for Guides leading Explorers on an expedition. Explorers go here.

Only a Guide can lead a group expedition. Explorers can’t join a group expedition without a Guide.

There are 2 types of expeditions:

  • Virtual-reality (VR) expedition—Use mobile devices and VR viewers to virtually explore an art gallery or museum, swim underwater, or navigate outer space, without leaving the classroom.
  • Augmented-reality (AR) expedition—Use mobile devices to bring virtual objects into their classroom so students can see and virtually walk around 3D objects as if they were physically in the classroom.

Before you begin

Check your network and download an expedition

  • Check your network connection—As the Guide, make sure that you and your Explorers join the same network. For more details, see Set up your network.
  • Download an expedition—For details on downloading expeditions, see Find and download expeditions.

Note: These steps are only for setting up a Guide device.

Pick the Guide role

When you open the Expeditions app, there are 2 roles:

  • Guide—Usually a teacher who leads an expedition on their mobile device. In this role, you choose the expedition, pick the scenes or objects, and highlight points of interest.
  • Explorer—Usually a student who follows an expedition on a phone. In this role, you look at what the Guide highlights as a point of interest, a scene, or an object.

To pick the Guide role:

  1. On your mobile device, tap Expeditions Expeditions.
  2. At the bottom, tap Guide.

Guide a VR expedition

Open a VR expedition

  1. On your mobile device, tap Expeditions Expeditions and then Guide.
  2. Tap Saved and then an expedition to start.

    If you see a Checkmark Check mark on an expedition, you downloaded and saved the expedition previously. If you see Cardboard Cardboard, it's a VR expedition.

    For more details on searching or downloading expeditions, see Find and download expeditions.

  3. Tell Explorers to join the expedition.

    At the top next to People People, you can see how many Explorers are connected.
    Explorers

  4. Tell Explorers to place their phones in their viewer.
Go on a VR expedition

VR expeditions are made up of 360-degree images called scenes. Scenes contain integrated images, descriptions, talking points, and questions. You can see the number of scenes when you open the expedition.

Play a scene

  1. On the first scene, tap Start Play. Or, scroll horizontally to pick another scene and tap Play Play.

    Play a scene

    Note: You can scroll through the names of other scenes without changing the scene you're watching.

  2. Swipe up from the scene title to review descriptions, questions, and points of interest.

  3. (Optional) To view the scene in full screen, tap anywhere on the scene.

    To exit, tap anywhere on the scene again.

  4. (Optional) To move around the scene, drag your finger on the scene.

Pause a scene to get students’ attention

Anytime you pause a scene to ask a question or discuss it, Explorers’ screens freeze and display Paused.

  1. On the scene, tap Pause Pause.
  2. Tap Play Play to continue.

Highlight points of interest

Points of interest are suggested hot spots in a scene that you can discuss with Explorers. For example, in an expedition about outer space, you can point your students to the sun, Jupiter, or a spacecraft.

Select a point of interest

  1. Swipe up from the scene title to see descriptions and points of interest.
  2. Tap Point of interest Point of interest. Explorers see an arrow to guide them to the object.

Point of interest

Create your own point of interest

Touch and hold a spot you want Explorers to view.
Arrow

Remove your point of interest

Touch and hold the Point of interest Point of interest.

The point of interest disappears. Explorers no longer see arrows on their screens.

Draw on a scene

You can draw on a scene to highlight any feature you want your Explorers to focus on.

Draw on a scene

You have to play a scene to draw on it.

  1. Find the area you want to highlight and, at the top right of the screen, tap Draw Draw.
  2. With your finger, draw on the screen. Your drawing is immediately visible to your Explorers.

Note: While you're in drawing mode, you can't change your view of the scene.

Erase your drawing from a scene

To delete a drawing, tap Reset and exit the scene.

End drawing mode

To exit drawing mode and continue to explore the scene, tap Draw Draw. If you didn't clear your drawing, it remains in place until you leave the scene.

Move to another scene

  1. At the bottom of the screen, swipe to the left to go to the next scene.
  2. Swipe to the right to go back to a previous scene.

End an expedition

  1. Tap Close Close at the top of the screen to end an expedition.

    Leave an expedition

Guide an AR expedition

Set up your classroom for AR

AR expeditions contain objects. To set up your classroom for an AR expedition, you place printed markers around the room. The markers show one object across all markers at the same time.

With multiple markers, you can divide the explorers into groups so a group stands at each marker. Tell the explorers to point their device cameras at the markers so they see the objects as if they were physically in the room.

  1. On your mobile device, tap Expeditions Expeditions.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Help with markers.

  3. (Optional) To use preprinted markers, tap the PDF file and then More More and then Print markers.
  4. Place the markers in the room with enough space between them so that explorers can group at a marker and walk around it.

    We recommend you place the markers on flat surfaces, such as the floor or on tables.

  5. Tell explorers to divide into groups and each group to stand at a marker.

Open an AR expedition

  1. On your mobile device, tap Expeditions Expeditions and then Guide.

  2. Tap Guide again.
  3. Tap a downloaded expedition to start. If you see AR Augmented reality on an expedition, it's an AR expedition.

    Note: If you see a Checkmark Check mark, you downloaded and saved the expedition previously.

  4. If you already printed markers, tap Let’s go.
  5. Tell Explorers to open Expeditions on their devices and to tap Join at the bottom of the screen and to tap Join again. For more details, see Join a group expedition as an Explorer.

    Note: On a group expedition, Explorers tap Join to explore an expedition which the Guide leads.

  6. Make sure all screens are on and that all devices are in Explorer mode, not Guide mode. Otherwise, tell Explorers to switch roles in the main menu.
  7. Tell Explorers to place their devices on selfie sticks, if they have one.
  8. At the top next to People People, you can see how many Explorers are connected.

    Explorers

View objects in AR mode

These instructions are for Guides leading Explorers on an AR expedition.

  1. Tap Start Play
  2. Tap AR Augmented reality.
  3. Point your own device camera at a marker.
  4. Tell your explorers to point their device cameras at their group marker.

    Note: The camera is used to find the marker for the explorers. Your explorers see the AR object on the marker and can walk around it and view it from all sides.

  5. (Optional) To change the size of object, pinch it to make it bigger or smaller.
  6. (Optional) On the scene, tap Pause Pause.
  7. (Optional) Swipe up from the scene title to review information.
  8. At the bottom of your screen, swipe the titles to the next object and tap Play Play to move forward to the next object.
  9. Tap Play Play when you change to each object.
  10. Tap AR Augmented reality to leave AR mode.

Note: If your device doesn’t have AR, you can still view the AR objects in 2D mode—you’ll just see the objects on your screen, but not in AR.

Resize objects

  1. Tap AR Augmented reality.
  2. Point your device at the marker.
  3. At top of screen, tap Augmented reality.

    Note: This is only done by the Guide.

  4. Once the object appears, pinch to resize the object or lift it up or down.
  5. When the object is the way you want it, tap Done to send the changes to your students.
  6. (Optional) To undo a change, tap Reset.
  7. Tap AR Augmented reality to leave AR mode.

Spotlight an object

While you’re guiding an AR expedition, you can create a spotlight to highlight an object for Explorers.

  1. On an object, touch and hold any point to create a spotlight.

  2. At the bottom, use the slider to change the size of the spotlight.
  3. When you have the spotlight the way you want it, tap Done to send it to your Explorers.
  4. Tap anywhere on the screen to dismiss the spotlight.

End an expedition

  • Tap Close Close at the top of the screen to end an expedition.

    Leave an expedition

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