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Virtual Field Trips

  1. 1. Alisha DeGuair 5 th Grade Teacher ETEC 648 Final Project August 2010 This Project discusses the reasons for, planning for, implementation of, and benefits of Virtual Field Trips in the K-12 classroom. Resources speak louder than words as a plethora of Virtual Field Trip sites are at our fingertips. Virtual Field Trips peak student interest from the comfort of your classroom.
  2. 3. <ul><li>Reasons For: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Budget Cuts </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of Instructional time </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>21 st Century Learners </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Planning For: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resources available online </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cost vs free </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personalized tours: Cleveland Museum of Art </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Test time of delivery and allowance for exploration & questions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Implementation of: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Method of delivery: internet connection, computers, video-conferencing capabilities, t.v., iphone, webcams, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Benefits of Virtual Field Trips: Endless… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explorative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inexpensive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer numerous learning opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel the world and Outer Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel back in time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be done in and out of class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tailored to Standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet the needs of different learners/learning styles </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Hawaii Content and Performance Standards: (My Locus) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Historical Understanding, History, Political Science, Cultural Anthropology, Geography, and Economics </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Annotations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manzo, K. J. (2009) Virtual Field Trips Open Doors for Multimedia Lessons. Education Week, 28 (21), 9-9. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This article explores why teachers and schools are turning to planning virtual field trips such as budget cuts and limited instructional time. With the widespread availability of the internet and other interactive tools teachers are getting creative and students are receiving far more than what a “regular” field trip could offer. The possibilities are endless as students explore places around the world, out of this world and places on a microscope can bring into view. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Zaino, J. (2009) Field –Tripping Goes Virtual, Instructor, 119 (2), 34-36. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Field trips via videoconference, this article explores the benefits of virtual field trips in a K-12 classroom. Having to compete with so much stimulation outside of the classroom, teachers are having to develop lessons that are innovative and exciting in order to keep the interest of their students. Teachers can personalize virtual field trips to meet the educational goals of a lesson and work with institutions to tailor their tour. Virtual field trips also enable students to connect face to face with authors who students might not otherwise have read. By way of the internet and other technologies students are introduced to a plethora of possibilities. </li></ul>

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