Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Go Virtually Anywhere On a Virtual Field Trip

Summer and professional development go hand in hand for us teachers.  As I've mentioned before, I've been busy in the PD arena:  reading books, listening to podcasts, and attending workshops (even teach a few). Yes, I've also been toe-dipping in the pool, but it is pretty interesting: those mental gears don't stop spinning & planning.

Maybe it's an occupational hazard for teachers!

My latest PD trip has been has been about trips. Virtual field trips.

With the Internet a click away, it's amazing how you can be, literally, virtually anywhere!  

Here are some good links to pursue if you are in search of somewhere to go... without ever leaving your classroom!

A Symbaloo webmix of 80+ places to investigate.

Get Outta Class With Virtual Field Trips
EducationWorld has a handful of good links and great advice of where to go and how to create your own.

A blog post from Kennedy Schultz from the Kid World Citizen blog (where this VFT image is from!)

Online collections of images, artifacts, videos, map views and more curated from Google on art projects, historic monuments, world wonders, and more.

3D models of museum artifacts and more, with printing plans for 3D printers.

360 views and images using Google Maps & Street Views of places all over this world.

Archived trips a

Article full of ideas and implementation from Young Children, November 2011

This of course is just a smidgen on the map of what's out there in the arena of virtual field trips.  If you are finding yourself landlocked or budget-stuck when it comes to trip planning this year ahead, grab a computer and head someplace exotic with your students.

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