Virtual Field Trips
Oh the places YOU can go!
Why and How?
Some benefits of this effective instructional strategy are:
- they help to create a range of experiences for your students (Lawerence, 2014)
- they increase student engagement (Lawerence, 2014)
- they can retain more information due to less distractions (Ash, 2009)
The availability of free virtual field trips on the web can teach students about so many places or things that they may never have the opportunity to experience. Since students will be viewing the tour from their classroom, they may get to see much more than they would if they were walking the crowded and distracting destination. At least one evaluation has shown that this helps students retain more information taught through this experience (Ash, 2009). Lastly, student's will be participating and answering questions throughout the trip. It is not simply visiting a website, it is so much more. Virtual field trips are a great classroom instructional strategy and only require the internet. They should be portrayed the same way that a real field trip would be and students will reap the benefits of this amazing digital adventure (Mandel, n.d.)
Virtual Field Trips in the Fifth Grade Classroom
Where can my class visit? Try a Virtual Field Trip this school year!
North America- http://www.discoveryeducation.com/northamerica/event.cfm
The Good Egg Project- http://educationstation.discoveryeducation.com/liveevent/?campaign=fp_aeb
The Smithsonian- http://smithsonianeducation.org/educators/events/online_events.html
Mister Rogers- http://pbskids.org/rogers/fieldTrip.html
Ten Best Virtual Field Trips- http://www.eschoolnews.com/2013/04/07/ten-of-the-best-virtual-field-trips/3/?
Virtual Field Trips for Schools- http://www.educatevia360.com/
Virtual Field Trip Resources- http://techforteachers.com/?page_id=203
Lawerence, C. (2014). Pros & Cons of Virtual Field Trips. Everyday Life. Retrieved July 17, 2014, from http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/pros-cons-virtual-field-trips-27416.html
Mandel, S. (n.d.). About Educate360 Virtual Field Trips. EducateVia360. Retrieved July 21, 2014, from http://www.educatevia360.com/about
Melville, E. (2005). Technology Integration Strategies, Teaching Today, Glencoe Online. Technology Integration Strategies, Teaching Today, Glencoe Online. Retrieved July 17, 2014, from http://www.glencoe.com/sec/teachingtoday/subject/tech_integration.phtml
Microsoft Office (2014) [Image]. Hands demonstrating diversity holding up a model of the earth.
“The Regulars are coming!”. (2005). Virtual American Revolution: Photographic tour in 360 degrees. Retrieved July 23, 2014, from http://virtualamericanrevolution.com/
Virtual Field Trips and Museum Skype Tours. (2014). Virtual Field Trips, Museum Skype Tours, Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Retrieved July 21, 2014, from http://www.bostonteapartyship.com/virtual-tours
Virtual Field Trips - Home. (n.d.). Virtual Field Trips - Home. Retrieved July 21, 2014, from http://www.virtualfieldtrips.org/