Google Expeditions did so much to make Virtual Reality accessible, especially for younger students. When I first found out about Tour Creator, I was so excited to begin using it with my students; and, the more I played around with the interface, the more opportunities for meaningful learning moments bounced around in my head.
So, let’s take a look at the five most exciting ways I intend to use Google Tours this coming school year:
5. Connecting Third Culture Kids
This idea originally came from an assignment for my Master’s program, wherein we were asked to explore a challenge that TCKs face, and create an action research proposal to address it. We know that TCKs face transition challenges, and that often their new peers don’t understand where they are coming from. Leveraging Google Tours to bring their former home into their new classroom could develop empathy, interest and strengthen relationships!
4. Building School Tours
Schools creating 360 Tours is nothing new, but for the first time the tools are accessible enough that students can create them. How much more meaningful would our Tours be if they were designed and built by the students who walk the halls and use the classrooms of the institution?
3. Documenting Journeys
The American School of Bombay takes students to some amazing places, whether for community out reach projects or classroom extension. Parents and students would benefit greatly from being able to get a taste of the journeys ahead, while also expanding the experience for those that are unable to attend in person.
2. Alumni Outreach
How feasible would it be to ask some of our Alumni to create their own Tours showing their new lives either at University, or in the workplace? This is a question I look forward to tackling with the help of our advancement team. This could be a powerful opportunity to further develop our internship program as well.
1. Incredible India
Last, but certainly not least, is the opportunity the students have to share the beautiful country that they live in. While India has its challenges, it is without a doubt an incredible place to live, rich in diversity, culture, and tradition. Our students have an opportunity to share this with the world, taking ownership and having a global voice.
Again, these are just a few of my thoughts as I explore the tool this summer break. Do you have any others worth sharing? If so, drop a comment in the section below!