Virtual Field Trips Laura Phelps - email@example.com
Tandberg Video Conferencing Equipment • Every school has access to this equipment, which allows us to: • Connect to other classrooms • Conference with experts • Make the globe our classroom!
What does this mean?• For little ($75-$125) or no money, no bus and no travel, kids can experience a plethora of opportunities.•
Virtual Field Trips:• Happen in real time• Are interactive and two-way• Are guided by instructional partners• Can serve as an intro to a topic or as an extension of learning on a particular subject.
Before you go on a trip: • 3 important questions to ask: • What pre-conference materials do you have to give the kids some background knowledge about the program? • During the conference, what will my students be doing? • After the conference, how will I assess, so that I know that my students got what they should have from the trip?
Finding curriculum connections: • There are two databases that we can use to ﬁnd virtual ﬁeld trips: • CILC Database • VC Content Providers Database
Explore the databases... • Use search terms that match your curriculum content • Choose a trip that ﬁts your grade level • In the CILC database, look speciﬁcally for the and because they indicate the program was reviewed favorably by educators.
Happy kids...• “I liked getting to talk to someone really far away. -SW (4th grade student)• “I especially liked how she gave us information about the things we had in our hands.” -DD (5th grade student)• “I think it was just as good as being there.” -DG (5th grade student)
Happy teachers...• “It was perfect for my students and I will absolutely go on another virtual ﬁeld trip.” -KH (2nd grade teacher)• “It was a way to use technology to engage students and provide an opportunity to experience something they would not be able to do otherwise - like talk to a museum curator in Virginia about explorers.” -AS (5th grade teacher)• “The virtual trip aligned perfectly with the Maine Learning Results I was targeting for classiﬁcation in our ocean unit.” -JB (5th grade teacher)