What are virtual field trips? Well, according to one source: A virtual field trip is a guided exploration through the world wide web that organizes a collection of pre-screened, thematically based web pages into a structured online learning experience. (Foley, 2003).
But fast forward a decade or so, and tools such as Skype, Google Hangout and Facetime open up a whole new world of opportunities for VFTs. Classrooms can not only video conference with other classrooms, but they can also visit museums, national parks and other interesting places.
Why a virtual field trip? They are a cost effective and time sensitive way to explore places that you would not be able to visit otherwise. VFTs can be live, archived or a virtual reality tour. Not to mention the student engagement.
Are you interested in learning more about VFTs? Visit #DCSVirtualFieldTrips to see some exclusive DCS-only VFTs coming up.
Want to join in on the very first #DCSVirtualFieldTrip with some real-life Hurricane Hunters? This VFT will be live on Feb. 4th at 1:00 but will be archived for future use. Register for the Hurricane Hunters here: http://dcsvirtualfieldtrips.weebly.com/live-virtual-field-trips.html
Discovery Education also has VFTs pretty regularly. To see some of the most recent archived trips, see here: DE Virtual Field Trips.
Join us later this spring for a VFT to the National Archives in London where we will learn about the Titanic.
K-2? Join us for a special VFT storytime with the author of the Howard B. Wigglebottom series.
Want to learn more about how to bring VFTs to your school? Consult your ITF for more information.
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