Virtual Field Trip

 

Description

Web-based, content standard related activity in which students "visit" people, places, or times without actually going there. It takes students out of the classroom to encompass learning in a broader frame. It gives students a sense of "being there."

 

Student
Outcome(s)

• Students experience places that would otherwise be inaccessable to them
• Students learn about other cultures
• Students can experience events and environments of other times
• Students make a connection between the VFT and the subject matter they are studying
• Students make a personal connection to what they are learning

 

When to use

• Introduction to a lesson or unit to stimulate interest
• As part of a lesson or unit activity to enhance or reinforce concepts
• At the end to summarize concepts
• Prior to an actual fieldtrip to assist in planning the trip

• Access to specific, timely resources is only available on the Web

 

Examples

Solar system

Grand Canyon

Normandy 1944 http://normandy.eb.com/

Louvre

Native arts

Sue at the Field Museum http://www.fmnh.org/sue/default.htm

Franklin Institute Online

The Eight Planets

Smithsonian

Oswego Schools VFTs

The Gateway Arch

School Library

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village

 

Rubric example

http://school.discovery.com/schrockguide/evaltour.html