Go on an expedition as a group

There are 2 ways to go on an expedition as a group:

  • 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 the classroom so students can see and virtually walk around 3D objects as if they were physically in the classroom.

Before you begin

Check WiFi and download an expedition

Pick your role (Guide or Explorer)

When you open the Expeditions app, you can pick a role:

  • 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.

When going on a group expedition, only a Guide can lead an expedition. Explorers can’t join a group expedition without a Guide.

To pick a role for an expedition:

  1. On your mobile device, tap Expeditions Expeditions.
  2. At the bottom, choose an option:
    • To guide an expedition, tap Guide.

       

    • To join an expedition as an Explorer, tap Join.

      If you don’t see Join, an expedition might not be started. Ask your Guide.

  3. For VR expeditions, place your phone in the viewer. For AR expeditions, insert your device into a selfie stick.
  4. To change your role, tap Guide or Join.

Lead a VR expedition

Open a VR expedition

  1. On your mobile device, tap Expeditions Expeditions and then Guide.
  2. Tap a downloaded 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.
  3. Tap Start Play.
  4. Instruct Explorers to join the expedition.

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

Focus on a scene

VR expeditions are made up of 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 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 view the scene in 360 degrees, 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.

To pause a scene:

  1. On the scene, tap Pause Pause.
  2. Tap Start 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 tap Draw Draw.
  2. With your finger, draw on the screen. What you draw is immediately visible to all of 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.

End an expedition

  1. At the top of the screen next to the expedition title, tap Close Close.
  2. Tap Leave.

    Leave an expedition

Lead an AR expedition

Set up your classroom for AR

AR expeditions use objects. To set up your classroom for an AR expedition, you place numbered markers that correspond to the objects in the expedition around the room. Use one marker for each object. Using mobile devices, you and your students will see the objects as if the objects were physically in the room.

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

  3. Print the numbered markers, one marker for each object.
  4. Place the markers in the room with enough space between them so that students can walk around the objects.

Open an AR expedition

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

  2. Choose a downloaded expedition to start. If you see a Checkmark Check mark on an expedition, you downloaded and saved the expedition previously. If you see AR Augmented reality, it's an AR expedition.
  3. Tap Start Play.
  4. Tell Explorers to join the expedition.

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

View objects in AR mode

  1. Point your device at the first marker.

    On your devices, you and your explorers see the object as if it’s on the marker.

  2. Swipe the titles to the next object. Move to the next marker and point your device at it.
  3. Tap AR Augmented reality to leave AR mode.

Resize objects

  1. Point your device at the marker.
  2. Once the object appears, pinch to resize the object or lift it up or down.
  3. When the object is the way you want it, tap Done to send the changes to your students.
  4. (Optional) To undo a change, tap Reset.
  5. 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 students.
  4. Tap anywhere on the screen to dismiss the spotlight.

End an expedition

To end an expedition, at the top of the screen, tap Close Close.

Leave an expedition

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