Free Technology for Teachers: Tour Creator is Closing

Like 1000’s of different folks, this week Google despatched me a reminder that Tour Creator is shutting down on the finish of June. I’ve loved making digital actuality excursions with it because the first day it was accessible. I am upset that Google is shutting it down, however there is no sense crying over spilled milk so I am turning my consideration to options to Tour Creator. In the event you’re in the identical boat, this is a choice of options to Tour Creator to discover. 

Story Spheres

Story Spheres is a neat software for including audio recordings to 360 imagery. Story Spheres helps you to add quick audio recordings by which you describe to viewers what they’re seeing, the historical past of what they’re seeing, and the importance of what is within the scene they’re seeing. It is attainable to add a number of recordings. While you’re accomplished you possibly can can share your Story Spheres story in a weblog publish, on social media, or another place that you just usually publish a hyperlink. Take a have a look at this Story Spheres story about Uluru to get a greater sense of what could be accomplished with Story Spheres. Final yr I wrote instructions for how you can use Story Spheres. You possibly can learn these instructions right here or watch my video about how you can make a Story Spheres story. 

CoSpaces EDU

CoSpaces is a platform that provides college students the power to create their very own small digital worlds. Not like the opposite instruments on this listing, CoSpaces is an animated setting. I used CoSpaces final summer season and early within the fall. It is not a software that college students will use to create a VR expertise in a day. As an alternative, college students must spend a minimum of a couple of days utilizing CoSpaces to actually get the cling of constructing and animating their digital worlds. 

Google Road View App

The Google Road View app for Android and iOS provides greater than only a approach to view attention-grabbing locations all over the world. The free app features a digital camera perform that can be utilized to seize 360 photospheres. While you faucet the digital camera icon within the app it can information you thru taking a collection of images that will likely be robotically stitched collectively to kind the photosphere. The finished photosphere could be shared with others in quite a lot of methods together with direct sharing through SMS or e mail, posting on social media, or by contributing to the Google Maps neighborhood. The Google Road View iOS app is out there right here. The Google Road View Android app is out there right here.
Cardboard Digital camera

Cardboard Digital camera is a free Android app provided by Google. The app helps you to take a 360 panoramic picture that you would be able to share to view in Google Cardboard viewer or comparable VR headset. The app will seize any sounds together with your voiceover current whereas capturing the picture. Those that use Cardboard Digital camera on Android can save their VR photographs in Google Photographs the place they are often cropped and edited with primary picture filters. Cardboard Digital camera for Android is out there right here. Right here’s a video tutorial on how you can use the Cardboard Digital camera app. 

Sadly, Google hasn’t up to date the app in any respect since 2018 so I am unsure how for much longer it is going to be a viable possibility for creating VR photographs.

 

A Associated, Complicated Word

Along with shutting down Tour Creator, Google is shutting down Tour Builder. Tour Builder was Google’s different methodology to constructing excursions straight in Google Earth. In the event you used Tour Builder, you’ve gotten till the tip of June to export these excursions as KML recordsdata that you would be able to then transfer into Google Earth. I outlined that course of within the video included with the written instructions right here. 
This publish initially appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. In the event you see it elsewhere, it has been used with out permission. Websites that steal my (Richard Byrne’s) work embrace CloudComputin, At this time Headline, and 711Internet.

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