Virtual Field Trips


A virtual field trip (VFT) is a standards-based activity that allows students to visit any place in the world or beyond the world on the Internet rather than traveling to an actual place.

VFT Guidelines


Tips on Creating Your Own Great VFT

Extensive List of Virtual Field Trips for Various Subject Ares from Simple K-12

Virtual Field Trip of My Favorite Virtual Field Trips Using TrackStar

Create your own free TrackStar account at http://trackstar.4teachers.org/trackstar/

List of free Virtual Field Trips from Tramline

Teacher Created Virtual Trips for All Subject Areas

Elementary Example of Using Glogster Edu to create a virtual field trip for students

More Educational Examples of Glogs

Secondary Example of a Glog on the American Revolution


More Virtual Field Trip Links
Corina's VFT Delicious Links

Virtual Tours


100 Virtual Tours You Don't Want to Miss
How to Create a Virtual Tour with Google Earth
Google Earth User's Guide
http://earth.google.com/intl/en/userguide/v5/ug_findplaces.html#addresses

Google Earth for Each Subject Area

Google Earth and Discovery Streaming (formerly United Streaming) http://www.google.com/educators/p_earth_discovery.html

Google Earth 5 can be downloaded for free at http://earth.google.com/

Google Maps: http://maps.google.com

Google Art Project http://www.googleartproject.com/

Bing Maps (requires IE) http://www.bing.com/maps/

View and/or Create 360 degree Panoramic Tours with Photosynth

360 degree tours of Utah


Corina's Favorite Virtual Tours

Tie it all together: Using Google Earth, Discovery Streaming, and Glogster

Web Cams

Penguin Cam
Polar Bear Cam
Ape Cam
Panda Cam
Elephant Cam
South Pacific Barrier Reef Cam
Otter Cam
Gator Cam
Shamu Cam

Amazing Animal Webcams (in LiveBinders)
Animal Cams from the National Zoological Park





Assignment Ideas

A good way to keep students focused during the VFT is by preparing a study guide to be completed throughout the trip.

  • Have a general outline and spaces to fill in the information they find

  • Make it look like a trip itinerary

  • Include destinations, places to visit, things to look for (like maps, food, money, climate, etc), and even dates

  • Design a scavenger hunt



Product Ideas

At the end of the trip, have students organize and assimilate what they’ve learned. Have them create:

  • Brochures

  • Newsletters

  • Online poster using Glogster Edu

  • Podcasts (Vocaroo is a free, easy voice recording tool)

  • Travel log, journal, or blog (Kidblog is a free, safe blogging platform for teachers and students)

  • Newscasts using iMovie or Movie Maker

  • Educational websites such as a Wiki, Track Star

  • Multimedia presentation such as VoiceThread

  • Interactive Timelines



Other Resources

Rubrics for Teachers



Collaboration with Other Schools

Skype in Schools
http://skypeinschools.pbworks.com/Directory


Video Conferencing Opportunities



http://www.cilc.org/collaboration_all.aspx

http://www.connect2texas.net/