Guide a group tour

This article is for Guides leading Explorers on a group tour. Explorers can join a group tour.

There are 2 types of tours:

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

Before you begin

Check your network

Before you lead a group tour, you need to set up your network connection. As the Guide, make sure that you and your Explorers are on the same network. For more, see Set up your network.

Select a tour

At the bottom of the Google Expeditions screen, you can access tours from any of the 3 tabs—Discover, Library, and Class. For details, see Find and download tours.

Guide a group tour

There are 2 roles in the Expeditions app—Guide and Explorer.

  • Guide—Usually a teacher who leads a group tour on their mobile device. In this role, you choose and download the tour, navigate through the scenes or objects, and highlight points of interest.
  • Explorer—Usually a student who joins a group tour on a mobile device. In this role, you see the scenes or objects in the tour as the Guide highlights points of interest.

Pick the Guide role to lead your Explorers (students) on a tour.

Guide a VR tour

Start a VR tour

You can start guiding a VR tour from any tab:

  • Discover
  • Library—includes Downloads and My Tours
  • Class
  1. (Optional) For details on selecting a tour, see Find and download tours.
  2. On your mobile device, tap Expeditions Expeditions.
  3. Sign in with your Google Account.
  4. Tap Class and then Guide and then Start guided session.

    You’ll see details of your name, tour number, and the network.

  5. Tap Got it.

    You’ll see all tours you have downloaded.

  6. (Optional) To find and download a tour, tap Find tours.
  7. Tap a VR tour to see a summary of the tour.

    User-generated content—For tours created independently (tours you added from Poly or Tour Creator) which don’t have Google approval, you’ll see an alert asking if you’re sure you want to guide this tour.

  8. Tap Guide or Cancel.

  9. Tell Explorers to join the tour with your name and the tour number, and to place their mobile devices in their viewer.
  10. Tap Guide on the tour summary screen.

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

    Explorers

  11. Tap Start Play on the first scene to send it to the Explorers.

Move to another scene

  1. At the bottom of the screen, swipe to the left to go to the next scene.
  2. (Optional) To send it to your Explorers, on the scene, tap Start Play.

    Otherwise, Explorers won’t see new scenes.

  3. Swipe to the right to go back to a previous scene.

Focus on a scene

VR tours 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 on the tour summary screen.

Play a scene

  1. Choose an option:
    • On the first scene, tap Start Start.
    • Scroll horizontally to pick another scene and tap Start 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

Any time 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 Start Play to continue.

Highlight points of interest

Points of interest are suggested spots in a scene that you can discuss with Explorers. For example, in a tour 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, 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

Tap Reset and exit the scene to delete a drawing.

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.

End a group tour

At the top, tap Close Close to end a group tour.

Leave an expedition

 

Guide an AR tour

Set up your classroom for AR

AR tours contain 3D virtual objects. To set up your classroom for an AR tour, you place printed markers around the room. They show one object across all markers at the same time.

With multiple markers, you can divide the Explorers into groups so one 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 tour

You can start guiding an AR tour from any tab:

  • Discover
  • Library—includes My Tours and From Poly
  • Class
  1. (Optional) For details on selecting a tour, see Find and download tours.
  2. On your mobile device, tap Expeditions Expeditions.
  3. Sign in to Expeditions with your Google Account.
  4. Tap Class and then Guide and then Start guided session.

    You’ll see details of your name, tour number, and the network.

  5. Tap Got it.

    You’ll see all tours you have downloaded.

  6. (Optional) To find and download an AR tour, tap Find tours.
  7. Tap an AR tour to see a summary of the tour.
  8. Tap Guide.
  9. On the markers screen, if you already printed markers, tap Let's go.

  10. Tell Explorers to open Expeditions on their devices, navigate to Class, and tap Join.

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

    Explorers

  11. (Optional) To send the first scene to the Explorers, tap Start Play on the scene.

View objects in AR mode

These instructions are for Guides leading Explorers on an AR tour. The Guide view defaults to 3D mode rather than AR so that the Guide doesn’t have to be tied to a marker. But if you’d like to see what the Explorers see, you can choose to view in AR mode.

  1. On a scene, tap Start Play.
  2. Tap View in AR.
  3. Point your own device camera at a marker.
  4. (Optional) To change the size of object, pinch it to make it bigger or smaller.
  5. (Optional) On the scene, tap Pause Pause.
  6. (Optional) Swipe up from the scene title to review information.
  7. At the bottom of your screen, swipe the titles to the next object and tap Start Play to move forward to the next object.
  8. Tap Start Play when you change to each object.
  9. Tap AR Augmented reality to leave AR mode.

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

Resize objects

  1. Tap View in AR.
  2. Point your device at the marker.
  3. Once the object appears, pinch to resize the object or lift it up or down.
  4. When the object is the way you want it, tap Done to send the changes to your Explorers.
  5. (Optional) To undo a change, tap Reset.
  6. Tap AR Augmented reality to leave AR mode.

Spotlight an object

While you’re guiding an AR tour, 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 a group tour

At the top, tap Close Close to end a group tour.

Leave an expedition

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