Step 1: Plan Your Expedition/VR Tour

Brainstorm what you need to make a tour for before you launch into creating it. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Historic locations
  • Tour of a building or museum
  • Look at an environment in every season
  • A day in the life
  • Exploring a city/town unlike your own from the student's perspective

Tour Template Doc from Google

VR Tour Template - FROM GOOGLE

Step 2: Capture Your Images

Now that you have a plan, it's time to take your images! Here are some tips:

  • If you are taking photos outside and can be picky on the day, a light cloud cover will help to diffuse the light to make the shadows less harsh.
  • Pay attention to the season. We took photos for our district tour in the winter and it certainly would have been prettier had we waited until Spring or Fall.

Overlay Images

  1. Any image you impose over the main image must be a minimum of 320x320 pixels, maximum 1200x1200 pixels.
  2. Use only JPEG or PNG files.


  1. Aspect ratios must be 2:1.
  2. Dimensions should not exceed 4096x2048 pixels.
  3. Use only JPEG or PNG files.
  4. File size shouldn't exceed 2 MB.
  5. Omnistereo images (panoramic stereo images) are also supported with a 1:1 aspect ratio and can't exceed 4096x4096 pixels.

360 Camera Recommendation

Ricoh Theta - Available on Amazon

  • Comparison chart of two models
  • Theta V is higher quality and better at lower light; Theta SC is more budget friendly.
  • We use the Theta app to remotely take the photo while we hide.


As long as the ground is now super uneven. I would recommend using a monopod with feet so that the area contacting the ground is as small as possible (to make it easier to edit later). The camera is lightweight, so you should not need a heavy duty one (beyond that it should be a bit more durable). It also helps if the support you chose has a built in level since crooked images aren't fun!

Student-friendly Alternatives

Step 3: Edit Your Images (Optional)

If you have the time and software, editing your images will help to put the finishing touch on them. Sometimes just auto adjusting them to make the contrast better and pop the colors a bit can help!

Other things to think about:

  • Edit out your tripod/monopod legs. If you've even looked down in a tour, you'll often see a blurry area area (unless the images were taken by a drone, of course).
  • If you have any faces in the images, you might want to blur them out unless you have explicit permission to include them in the tour.

Step 4: Open Tour Creator

  1. Head on over to the Tour Creator website.
  2. Click the "New Tour" button in the top left corner.
  3. To add a scene to your tour, click the "Add scene" button. You can add a scene either by using the Street View from Google Maps or you can upload your own 360 images that you took in step 3.
  4. Take the information from your planning Google Doc in Step 1 and copy/paste it into the appropriate fields.

Step 5: Publish Your Tour!

Here are the two important answers from Google's FAQ:

  • Can I view my tour on my Expeditions kit? YES! Just make sure that you are using the same Google login to "host" your tour on Poly and in the Google Expeditions app and you can see your tours.
        • TIP: We have one login that we share for the Expeditions kits so our "district" content goes there.
  • Can I get my tour published in the Expeditions app? Not at this time. If you want to publish your tour to the Expeditions app, please fill out this form. Content partners should also complete the form. Due to high demand, please allow 3–4 weeks for a response.