Saturday, September 20, 2014

12 Virtual Field Trips You Don't Want To Miss!


Schools are so lucky these days. We have millions of dollars to use, para-educators in every classroom, the most up to date technology and full parent support. Wait....I'm being told that none of what I just typed is true. Hmmm... so now what?

If you were like my school, money was tight, parental support was limited, and technology was a foreign word. (I finally was able to upgrade my overhead projector with the transparencies about two years ago. No joke.)

Because of tight funds and the inability to fly my students across the country to view some of the things we learn about, I really liked the idea of virtual field trips. Virtual Field Trips (hereto known as VFT) are a great way to bring learning to life from your very own classroom. I've gone through the interwebs and found some of my favorite links to share with you. Enjoy!

1.
Chichen-itza

The 7 Wonders of the World: panoramic views that you can click and drag for 360 degree views.

2.
The Proverbs

Google Art Collections: Google has taken 1,000's of art pieces from 17 museums around the world and compiled them into one place. You can even create a portfolio of your favorite pieces and add notes.

3.
Hubble Space Telescope

Google Sky: A really fun one! You an look at distant galaxies, track the movement of the constellations and planets and see the universe in x-ray vision.

4.
Smithsonian
Smithsonian: Museum of Natural History: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Smithsonian Museums! I could spend forever walking their halls. This VFT if awesome because it takes you through the museum and all you have to do is click the blue arrows to keep moving. Simple. The pictures are really high quality too.

5.
White House Tours

Inside the White House: A fun way to look inside the White House. Did you know they have an underground floral shop inside there somewhere? Kinda cool.

6.
First Thanksgiving
The First Thanksgiving by Scholastic: A timely one for this time of year. It lets you talk to the Pilgrims and visit their village. It also has videos you can watch.

7.
Nasa

NASA Virtual Field Trip: This one is cool because it compares sites on Earth to Mars. However, you do need to download the software (it's free).

8.
Mount Vernon
Inside Mount Vernon: This one takes you inside this historic house of George Washington.

9.
Rare Book Room
Rare Book Room: I like this one. It lets you see pictures from the works of Shakespeare, Galileo, Benjamin Franklin. You can click on the picture to zoom in and actually read the text.

10.
Skull
Dinosaur Dig:  Interactive Dinosaur Dig. Fun!

11.
Anne Frank's House: Very powerful. Especially for someone like me who has actually been there.


12.
Mt. Everest
Mt. Everest: This one is pretty cool. Scroll all the way down to the bottom to get to the virtual tour. There is music that plays with the different sites you can visit.

The are SO MANY more out there. If you teach about something, chances are there is some type of VFT that will engage your students.


Enjoy!









6 comments:

  1. This is awesome. Can't wait to take my kiddos to these places.

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    1. Thank you! There are some really cool VFT out there!

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  2. Do you know how I can find virtual field trips for 2nd graders?

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    1. There are tons of VFT out there! What are some of the topics (social studies/science) that you study in your state?

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  3. I will definitely be using these links with my students. It would be wonderful to be able to visit historical and educational places all over our country, unfortunately, that is not possible. I just downloaded a "freebie" from you on TN and I think there's an error in it. It's the Fall Themed Missing Factors and Multiples packet I received as an email with TN information. On page 3, the first problem has a small one that doesn't belong. I looked on TN for a link to send you the information, but I wasn't able to find one. I love your blog and visit often!

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    1. Thank you for telling me! That was a weird font issue but it's been fixed and re-uploaded! You can go download it again. I appreciate your feedback and support!

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