Saturday, November 9, 2013

Virtual Field Trips

If you don't have the time or the money to take your K-12 classes on a field trip, why not give a virtual field trip a try?  I had never heard of virtual field trips until I read this post at the blog of the National Museum of American History. The post not only explains virtual field trips, but it also offers some tips on how to do them effectively.  Here is a small taste:

Not sure where to find a virtual field trip? We have a collection of archived programs that you can find on Smithsonian's History Explorer, including the Decoding History virtual field trip for grades 3-5. We also host a webcast National Youth Summit each year for middle and high school students. You can register now for this school year's program on Freedom Summer that will be held on Digital Learning Day, February 5, 2014. 

There's Skype in the Classroom, which brings speakers directly to you (check out the offerings from Smithsonian Affiliate Museum the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, especially for resources on Plains Indians), museum outreach programs such as the interactive video conferencing programs from the Minnesota Historical Society or the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and video programs such as the electronic field trip series from Colonial Williamsburg.

Here is an example of virtual field trip: