bringing the world
to the classroom
cues and questions
cues and questions
When is using instructional media to
introduce new concepts appropriate?
Providing accurate visuals
Clearing up known misconceptions
Making the most of a
“There is no better way, short of traveling
long distances with your students, to share
the wonders of the world while connecting
them to their studies” -Jan Zanetis (ISTE)
Plan the tours to fit into the curriculum
Prepare activities matching standards
“The variety of technology tools that make
use of video, audio, interactive materials,
web links, and videoconferencing allows
teachers to act as travel guides,
naturalists, curators, and historians.”
Set the pace
Tailor for age-appropriate content
Start by using questions that guide the
students to what they already know.
Explain what they will learn and clearly
state an objective.
Tell them what to listen for in the
Stop often to discuss what the students
Have the students re-state what was
taught in the presentation.
Encourage student interaction during the
presentation. The goal is to keep them
Allow time for questions.
Have an activity at the end to reinforce
what the students learned.
A summarizing task is an effective way of
helping students know the important facts
they will need to remember.
As a teacher, confirm that students have
met the objective you intended.
Although there are many locations our
classes cannot physically visit, these
places have been made available virtually.
It is said that a benefit of the Internet is
that it makes the world a much smaller
San Diego Zoo
Smithsonian: National Museum of Natural History
Hershey’s Chocolate Factory
What would I like students to see?
Am I using time wisely?
Have I stated a clear objective?
Are students keeping their focus?
Zanetis, J. (2010). The beginner's guide to
interactive virtual field trips. Learning &
Leading With Technology, 37(6), 20-23.
Bowker, M. (2010). A virtual ticket to ride.
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