Saturday, April 18, 2015

Blog Post #13: What Did I Leave Out?

What field trips are available to you as a teacher with out having to leave the classroom and/or school?

Read and/ or watch the following material to help answer the question.

Sharon Cromwell's article Take a Museum Field Trip -- Without Leaving Your Classroom

Connected Classrooms: Underwater Seasons with Seattle Aquarium

Connected Classrooms: Meet the Doodler

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Classroom field trips are something every teacher should at least experience once. Not only does it do a great job at incorporating technology into your classroom it also takes away some of the stress that you would have on an off campus field trip. With a virtual field trip you and your students are in comfort of your own classroom.

Virtual Field Trip Word CollageSharon Cromwell's article Take a Museum Field Trip -- Without Leaving Your Classroom gives teacher a list of museums whose websites have been set up so that when educators access them it is like they are touring the museum but online. In this article she also gives suggested things to visit on the site and an activity you could do with your class while taking a virtual tour of the museum. This could be a great field trip to incorporate into lessons dealing with science, history and art.

Google+ has recently created an awesome feature called Connected Classrooms. This is where google pairs up with educational leaders and classrooms all over the U.S and they take virtual field trips. In the Connected Classrooms: Underwater Seasons with Seattle Aquarium video the Seattle Aquarium pairs up with an elementary classroom and they get a virtual tour of the Underwater Seasons of Washington exhibit. My favorite thus far is the Connected Classrooms: Meet the Doodler. This isn't a virtual tour, but it is an awesome virtual field trip. Students get too meet with some of the Google Doodlers and watch them show many pieces of there art work along with actually creating a Google Doodle activity.
The Google+ Connected classrooms is an fun a intuitive way to have a virtual field trip. 

1 comment:

  1. Johanna,

    I think this idea is very cool and interesting. Many school systems can't afford actual field trips now. I think it is very easy and will also keep students engaged with online field trips. Good post!