Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Create "Google Expedition" Style Experiences

While you can not currently create your own Google Expeditions, you can create a 360° photo using the Google Street View app. This same app also allows you to view the photo using the Google cardboard. So while the teacher can not control the students experience, they can provide a experience to the students. 

There are already a ton of 360° photos in the app, so creation might not be necessary. 



Create 360 Photos with Google Street View App

  1. Download the Android App or iOS App
  2. Steps to Create a 360° Photo
  3. Steps to Publish a 360° Photo
  4. Steps to Share, Transfer, or Embed 360° Photos
  5. Steps to Blur or Remove a 360° Photo
Use Google Street View App with Google Cardboard
There is a mini cardboard icon on the top right corner of the street view image. Click on the icon, place the device in the cardboard and enjoy the experience. 


Integration ideas:

  • Have students create the 360° photo to showcase various concepts (science, math)
  • Create the 360° photos while visiting locations to share new cultures, surroundings, etc.







Add Voice Notes in Google Drive

In a recent #gafechat (Twitter chat centered around Google in Education), Kelsey Flynn shared a Chrome extension she recently discovered called Talk and Comment. I started playing with it that night, but somehow got squirreled and stopped. Fast forward one week later, where I woke up this morning to a Tweet from Joe Dale mentioning that it works in Google doc comments. So I immediately set out to test it out. Sure enough, the extension works perfectly in Google docs, sheets, slides, and drawings. Teachers and students can now leave voice feedback in the comment section of other people's papers. 

Here is a quick video showing how it works. 





I am so excited about this feature! I think teachers are going to love how easy this extension will be for making quick voice comments. 

Note: make sure students set their papers to 'anyone with the link can comment,' so other people can leave the voice comments for them.