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Virtual Trips Without Leaving the Classroom

Overview

Since Spring Break is approaching (or already here for some of you), the thought of traveling and exploring is on everyone's mind. But, if you're on a teacher's budget, you know that traveling abroad isn't as simple as we'd like it to be. However, with the help of Google and other tools, taking a trip is easy, and since it's convenient, you might as well bring your class along with you!

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

Quite similar to the Google World Wonders site is the Virtual Field trips from Discovery Education. This is a wonderful site allows students to cruise through the wonders of the world, but what sets this apart is that it goes beyond a virtual field trip. For example, there are articles categorized by subject that include virtual videos about various topics. For example, you can explore what the penguins tell us about our planet, and you can visit Auschwitz, all while traveling with Discovery Education.

Google Expeditions

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.

Enjoy your Spring Break!

Whether you get to physically visit one of the marvelous places from the previous sites, or you're just enjoying a quality week close to home, I wish you the safest and most relaxing Spring Break. The dash to the finish line will be here sooner than we may realize!

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