Expeditions FAQ

Below are some common questions that teachers, students, and administrators might have about Google Expeditions.

What is the difference between AR and VR Expeditions?

Both augmented-reality (AR) and virtual-reality (VR) expeditions can be found in the Google Expeditions app. In VR, the teacher selects a destination, and the entire classroom jumps there automatically. In AR, the teacher selects virtual objects to bring into the classroom.

How do I know if my phone supports AR?

Augmented-reality (AR) tours in Expeditions are currently only compatible with ARCore and ARKit phones. Phones that don't support AR will only be able to see AR tours in 2D on their devices.

Is Google Expeditions just for teachers?

Expeditions is available to anyone to download and install. Expeditions can be group experiences with a guide leading and explorers following along, which are especially useful to educators for taking students on virtual educational journeys. However, you can also go on a solo expedition. For details, see Go on a group or solo expedition.

How do you run an expedition?

Whether you're a teacher or a student, for details on running an expedition, see here.

What languages is Expeditions available in?

Content, tours, and teacher guides are all available in English. Some Expeditions content is available in other languages.

Arabic
Bulgarian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Chinese (Traditional)
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
English (UK)
Farsi
Finnish
French (Canadian) 
French 
German
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Latvian
Lithuanian
Malay
Norwegian (Bokmal)
Polish
Portuguese (Brazil)
Portuguese (Portugal)
Romanian
Russian
Serbian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish (Latin America)
Spanish
Swedish
Tamil
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Vietnamese
Can I create an expedition?

Google works with partners, such as the Royal Collection Trust, Wildlife Conservation Society, and American Museum of Natural History, to create educational content. If you’d like to make a new expedition, let us know.

In Tour Creator, anyone can easily create virtual-reality (VR) tours using footage from 360 cameras or picking from the huge corpus of existing Street View content. You can annotate your tour to provide details and facts. Then, you can quickly publish to Poly to be viewed on the web or in VR (using Cardboard), and embed it on any website. The ability to publish these tours to Expeditions is coming soon!

What's a peer-to-peer network?

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 expeditions. However, you can run an expedition using only peer-to-peer communication.

Check with your organization’s IT administrator to see if your Wi-Fi 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.

Do I need a marker to view AR tours?

No. You can view augmented-reality (AR) objects in self-guided mode without a marker. For details, see Go on a solo expedition.

Is the Pioneer Program running?

During the 2017-2018 school year, we brought AR to over 1 million students through the Expeditions AR Pioneer Program. There are currently no plans to extend the Pioneer Program in the US through the 2018-2019 school year.

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