Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Google Tour Builder for any Subject

Google Tour Builder is one of my favorite lesser-known Google tools. If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you have probably seen me mention it a number of times including posts such as "Hipster Google" and "Create your own Lit Trips". After doing several posts on different aspects of the tool, I figured it was time to give it the full treatment of a video training webinar.

For those not familiar with the tool, Google Tour Builder allows you and your students to create virtual tours on a map, including locations, images, videos, descriptions, hyperlinks, and more. These tours can be used in any subject area such as retelling the events from a novel, tracing the locations of a historical event, visiting different biomes or landforms around the world, and more. Tours can be viewed by others in Tour Builder, or even imported into Google Earth for a full 3D experience.

See below for my 1-hour video training webinar on "Google Tour Builder for any Subject". In addition you will find links to all of the resources mentioned in the video.

Video Training (1 hour)

Session Slideshow

Session Resources

Sample Tours:

Webinar Files:
  • Session Chat: If you have any questions or comments during the session, type in the document linked here - Google Document Link
  • Session Evaluation: Please provide your feedback on this session - Google Form link
  • Get Certificate: Earn a certificate of attendance for one (1) contact hour by watching the training video and passing this quiz - Google Form link

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  1. I am having a deuce of a time trying to link in a custom map icon. I have created one in Drawings. I downloaded as a .png file. I am trying to figure out where to store the file so I can upload it to TourBuilder and then in Earth. I put it in Sites but the link does not end in .png and the image gets lost in Earth. Have you found a solution?

  2. Update: It looks like the .png extension shows if the image is put into a blogger post. Once published right click on the image and copy image address.

  3. I put together a brief how to guide on the map icon if you are interested. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1zh2bWMRvN61_Lg72-H_TEQhoAA8uJnm6I5_Dk3cJtcI/edit?usp=sharing