Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
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Digital Vacations Without Leaving the School
Google's World Wonders
A really neat site that Google offers is Google's World Wonders site, put together by the Google Cultural Institute. This allows you to take your classes on virtual field trips using Google Street View and put your students "on location." You have the option of taking them to Independence Hall in Philadelphia or the Grand Canyon in Arizona, all in the same day! This site is packed with photos and Google Earth views that will provide you with a terrific avenue to introduce famous locations all over the world!
Discovery Education Field Trips
GeoGuessr was mentioned last week as a neat site to direct students to when they complete their work early. But, it can also be beneficial for going on virtual field trips. WIth GeoGuessr, you're dropped in a mystery location on Google Maps and you have to figure out where you're located by moving around and looking at the scenery. This has the potential to be a terrific learning opportunity to transfer students from their desks to locations all over the globe!
Perhaps the absolute best virtual field trip program available is that of Google Expeditions. This experience takes students on massive trips around the globe, underwater, and above it all. There are panoramic pictures, as well as 360 degree views of the world's most spectacular places. The only downfall, if there must be one, is that this is best experienced using virtual reality goggles. Anything from Google cardboard to other glasses, they will transform the student from their current location to 360 degree paradise location that relates to content and offers a terrific experience. There is also an Expeditions kit that includes all of the fixin's to make this an unforgettable experience, but it does come at a hefty price tag.