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Virtual field trips

  1. 1. Virtual Field Trips<br />Professional Development<br />Melanie B. Wiscount<br />
  2. 2. Objectives<br />Become familiar with the different types of virtual field trips<br />Become familiar with locating and using diverse Internet resources that can be used on a virtual field trip <br />Develop strategies for aligning a virtual field trip with existing curriculum and standards<br />Understand how to use Microsoft PowerPoint to create and present virtual field trips to students<br />Develop strategies for assessing virtual field trips<br />
  3. 3. What is a Virtual Field Trip?<br />Interactive Web-based experiences that guide students through an exploration of content about themes, such as a specific place or time. <br />Takes students on a tour of a location, topic, or theme using a series of web sites that have been linked in a fashion to create a guided learning experience.<br /><br />
  4. 4. Virtual Field Trips:<br />challenge and expose students to new types of technology – challenge-based learning<br />are a great way to spark student interest<br />are a great way to motivate student learning in a specific topic in a specific content area<br />offer students more opportunities because they can go to places they wouldn't normally be able to go<br /><br />
  5. 5. Virtual Field Trips:<br />boost students' reading comprehension skills<br />expose them to different cultures and environments<br />are a great way to engage and encourage interaction in the classroom <br />connects content-based information into the experience of a virtual environment<br />offer new experiences for your students<br /><br />
  6. 6. Virtual Field Trip Advantages<br />Students can move through the Virtual Field Trip at their own pace – reading & interacting at a pace that is appropriate to them<br />Students can explore the virtual environment with as much detail as they want<br />Students can take control of their own learning = meaningful experience<br /><br />
  7. 7. Virtual Field Trip Advantages<br />VFTs offer revisit and relearn opportunities<br />No organization, planning, financing, or liability like normal field trips<br />VFTs can be used as active learning tools Kindergarten through Grade 12<br />Appeal to our millennial learners<br /><br />
  8. 8. Virtual Field Trip Tips<br />Start with a clearly defined purpose & learning objective<br />Good structure and obvious flow<br />Make sure all sites are appropriate for school and for level<br />Know that planning and creating a virtual field trip takes time<br />After it is created, monitor the VFT by checking to see that all the site links are active as time goes by<br /><br />
  9. 9. Virtual Field Trip Tips<br />Go through it a day before your students. Make sure all links are active and not filtered by your school's network<br />Add as many stimuli to satisfy auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning opportunities to meet all students’ needs<br />Have students document their findings on a separate paper or word processing file; ask questions throughout the VFT to guide & inspire learning<br />Should be used to enhance the content, not deliver the content<br /><br />
  10. 10. Virtual Field Trips Can Be Produced Using:<br />PowerPoint presentation<br />Glogster<br />Google Earth tours<br />Webquests<br />Webpages<br />Wikis<br />
  11. 11. VFTs = 21st Century Best Practices!<br />Creates a multimedia learning experience – perfect for our millennial students<br />Active learning<br />Personalized learning<br />Real world connections<br />Self-paced learning<br />Revisits mean relearning<br />Develops digital literacy & other 21st century skills<br />Offer teachers a way to customize the content to their students’ needs<br />
  12. 12. Elements of a VFT<br />Trip Journal<br />Virtual Visit<br />Introduction with stated purpose<br />Standards<br />Glossary<br />Linked visits<br />Assessment<br />Evaluation<br />