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1. Introduction to Visualize a Historical Story with Tour Builder

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Digital maps can help you find your  way from one location to another.

Geo-mapping applications like Google  Earth can also help tell a story about a historical event that occurs over  several locations - like a world war.

In this lesson, you will create a virtual  tour to tell a story about historical events.

This lesson uses Google Tour Builder. Google  Tour Builder is a web-based storytelling tool which lets you easily create and explore  stories and places around the world.

You can create a tour of any historical subject  of your choosing, zooming in to show the places where events took place. You can also add text,  photos and videos to make your story come to life.

As you complete this project  in Tour Builder, you will: Create a new tour and title it, Add a tour introduction, Add five to six locations, Write a description for each location, Add images and videos to your locations, and Preview and share your tour.

To begin, select any narrative, or  story, that happened in multiple places.

Try to choose a story that has five or six  locations. For example, you might want to track a major event in world history, like the progress  of an invention, an epidemic, or an art movement.

Or, choose a historical figure and track the  places that were significant in their life.

To work on this lesson, sign in to your Google  account. Open a new tab in your browser, and navigate to If  you are not signed in, do so now.

If you do not have a Google account,  pause the video and create one.

Next, navigate to tour

Sign in, then create a new tour. Give the  tour a title and make yourself the author.

Now, it’s your turn: Sign in to your Google account, Navigate to, Create a new tour, and Give your tour a title and  make yourself the author.


  1. Sign in to your Google account.
  2. Navigate to
  3. Create a new tour.
  4. Give your tour a title and make yourself the author.