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Virtual Field Trips


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An introduction to virtual field trips using Tandberg Video Conferencing Equipment for the RSU1 community.

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Virtual Field Trips

  1. 1. Virtual Field Trips Laura Phelps -
  2. 2. 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!
  3. 3. What does this mean?• For little ($75-$125) or no money, no bus and no travel, kids can experience a plethora of opportunities.•
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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?
  6. 6. Finding curriculum connections: • There are two databases that we can use to find virtual field trips: • CILC Database • VC Content Providers Database
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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)
  9. 9. 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)
  10. 10. Happy travels!
  11. 11. Thank you!Please don’t hesitate to contact me if youhave any questions: lphelps@rsu1.orgThank you for filling out a sessionevaluation.