Below are some common questions that teachers, students, administrators, and learners of all ages might have about Google Expeditions.
Who is Expeditions for?
Content, tours, and teacher guides are all available in English. The Expeditions app is available in the following languages:
Spanish (Latin America)
Note: On Android, a selection of top Expeditions tours are available in Arabic, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, in addition to English.
In Tour Creator, you can create VR tours using footage from 360-degree cameras or Google Street View content. All tours you create in Tour Creator are published as public or unlisted on Poly , Google’s library for 3D assets. On Android, you can add your tours to Expeditions. For details, see View your tours in Expeditions.
Google works with partners, such as the Royal Collection Trust, Wildlife Conservation Society, and NASA, to create educational content. If you’d like to create a tour that will be featured in Expeditions, let us know.
Yes, all tours in VR mode have audio narration.
To enable audio, tap Add narration or Add audio .
A peer-to-peer network allows individual devices on a network to communicate with each other without internet access. You need an internet connection to download the Expeditions app and individual tours. However, you can run a tour using only peer-to-peer communication.
Check with your organization’s IT administrator to see if your network is enabled for peer-to-peer networking. If it isn't, you can use a standalone router or run a hotspot from a phone.
VR and AR tours
Virtual-reality (VR) tours—Teachers and students 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) tours—Teachers use mobile devices to bring virtual objects into their classroom so students, using mobile devices, can see and walk around 3D objects as if they were physically in the classroom.
For more information, see What is Expeditions?
AR tours in Expeditions are currently only compatible with ARCore and ARKit capable phones. If your phone doesn’t support AR, you can view AR tours in 2D. For more details, see Expeditions device requirements.
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.
For more information, see Guide an AR tour.
Note: Only Guides use markers. You don’t need markers to explore on your own.