Looking for an alternative to Google Expeditions?
The Google Expeditions app, offering educational 360 VR tours, will be removed from app stores on the 30th of June 2021. Google have said they will be porting many of their tours to their Arts & Culture app.
Google announced the news in a blog post, and explained that their decision was based around the aim to make tours more accessible to students during the Coronavirus pandemic:
“We’ve heard and recognize that immersive experiences with VR headsets are not always accessible to all learners,” says Jennifer Holland, Google’s director of education program management.
“As Arts & Culture will offer many of the Expeditions tours, we’ll no longer support the Expeditions app.”
With the Arts & Culture app currently only offering 360 experiences, this means that Google will no longer support their own Google Cardboard devices that they created to work alongside the Expeditions app.
Google is also ending support for their Tour Creator tool, which allowed teachers to make their own Virtual Tours using Expeditions.
Although Google have announced that their tours will be transferred to their Arts & Culture app, it’s still unclear how this new setup will work for schools and educators, and there’s expected to be a flurry of teachers looking for alternatives to Google Expeditions.
Are there any alternatives to Google Expeditions?
Not ready to say goodbye to immersive virtual field trips? Fortunately, education supplier Seymour & Lerhn have just the ticket, with a modern learning platform offering interactive and immersive 360 experiences, VR, and AR for primary schools.
With its user-friendly interface and high-quality content, teachers should have no trouble making the switch! The platform aims to unlock the potential that VR has for educating young learners, helping to facilitate further engagement in lessons.
Explore the unexplorable
Forget basic 360 photography, Seymour & Lerhn offer the chance for children to delve deeper into learning by visiting Pudding Lane in 1666 as the Great Fire of London rages; experiencing life on the front line trenches of WW1; and stepping inside Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painted Bedroom in Arles.
Each 360 tour is compatible with most devices, including interactive whiteboards, iPads and laptops, as well as with VR headsets such as the Google Cardboard.