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Google Tour Builder: Storytelling Through Virtual Fieldtrips

Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 27

Participate and share

Participate and share : Poster

Tuesday, June 26, 4:00–6:00 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 27

Stephanie Embry   Scott Shellhorn  
The research is not enough! Get caught up in a spy-themed adventure that will take you around the world and give you the opportunity to create the ending. See how storytelling through virtual field trips using the Google Tour Builder app can enhance student learning in your classroom.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: A Google account would be helpful but not necessary to participate in the session.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Online tools, apps and resources
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Related exhibitors: Google, Inc.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose & Objectives
* Explore current research on virtual field trips and digital storytelling
* Understand best practices and how virtual field trips and digital storytelling support the ISTE standards
* Examine and create a virtual field trip

Instructional strategies will include direct instruction and demonstration when introducing and learning Google Tour Builder. Peer collaboration and 3-2-1 will be used to read through research documents and reflect on the learning taking place. Virtual field trips will be used to extend participants' learning. Lastly, there will be hands-on learning with Google Tour Builder so participants can create their own story and see the value in virtual field trips and how it is relevant to their classes.


Presentation Agenda
1. My Map-participants locate their school
2. Intro Session- Introduction and objectives
3. Research and reflection using 3-2-1 strategy on a Google Form
4. Introduction to Google Tour Builder- direct instruction and demonstration of app
5. Virtual field trip - participants experience a virtual field trip through a digital story experience
6. Creation of own story- Participants use what they have learned to create an ending to the story introduced using Google Tour Builder.

Supporting research

Center for Digital Storytelling (

Google Tour Builder (

P21 (

Klemm, E. B., & Tuthill, G. (2003). Virtual field trips: Best practices. International Journal of Instructional Media, 30(2), 177.

Lei, S. A. (2015). Revisiting virtual field trips: Perspectives of college science instructors.Education, 135(3), 323-327.

Robin, B. R. (2008). Digital storytelling: A powerful technology tool for the 21st century classroom.Theory into practice, 47(3), 220-228.

Suwardy, T., Pan, G., & Seow, P. S. (2013). Using digital storytelling to engage student learning. Accounting Education, 22(2), 109-124.

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Stephanie Embry, Lebanon R-III School District

Stephanie Embry is an instructional technology coach and Google certified trainer for the Lebanon R-III School District in Lebanon, MO. Stephanie recently received her Ed.S. in Information Science and Learning Technologies and her Online Educator certificate from the University of Missouri. Her MEd and BA in biology are both from Drury University. She has been in education for fifteen years and loves helping students and teachers develop their creativity and empathy for the world around them.

Scott Shellhorn, Lebanon RIII

Scott was a CTE teacher and administrator and currently is director of technology for a rural Missouri school district. He won the Missouri State Teachers Association media award for outstanding reporting of news in education and has co-authored for the Association for Career and Technical Education's monthly magazine, Techniques. He is in his 10th year of education and is completing his Ed. D. in Education Leadership researching teacher and administrator perceptions on the use of technology in classrooms.

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