Virtual Field Trips and The Virtual Nature of the Internet
Dr. Raymond Pastore
Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg,  PA

 

Internet information is dynamic and sometimes difficult to access from other sources.  One of the most amazing and useful features of the Internet is that it provides instant access to current and updated information on specific events.  For example, students can make decisions and determine the direction of their learning as they:

A virtual field trip is a field trip to another environment, whether real or simulated,  through the Internet.  It is NOT just a visit to some pictures on a web site.  Similar to a "live" field trip to a museum or nature center, a virtual field trip engages the student in an experience that one would not normally have in the classroom.  The quality of a virtual field trip will very much depend on your creativity as a teacher and willingness to explore the web for appropriate content and web sites. 

Resources

A Virtual Ticket to Ride
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/1105/journal_201005/#/14

Get Outta Class With Virtual field Trips
http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech071.shtml

Homework Spot
http://www.homeworkspot.com/fieldtrip/

Internet 4 Classrooms
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/vft.htm

Tech Trekers
http://www.techtrekers.com/virtualft.htm

The Teachers Guide
http://www.theteachersguide.com/virtualtours.html

Virtual Field Trips
http://surfaquarium.com/IT/vft.htm

Virtual Field Trips
http://pasdtechtraining.wikispaces.com/Virtual+Field+Trips

Virtual Sites
http://www.virtualfreesites.com

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Virtual Field Trip: Pre-planning
 

  
1. Identify the following: name of field trip, goals of field trip, grade level, and subject matter.

2. What will you do to prepare students for the virtual field trip?  How will this coincide with your lessons?  What lessons will be taught prior to the field trip?

3. How long (duration in periods and days) is the field trip? Will the field trip be part of the formal class time?  How will time be allocated? Will the students complete the trip all at once or through an extended period of time?

4. Will the student work individually or in groups of 2, 3 or 4?  Will the students collaborate?  If so, when and how?

5. What will the teacher's role be during the virtual field trip?

6. Please list the names and addresses of all web sites that will be used for the field trip. How did you learn about these sites? You must have at least 3 links in the 3-part format (name, address, one-sentence description).

7. How many computers will be available for this activity?  How many students will be at each computer?

8. What supplemental materials or activities will there be to make the virtual field trip more realistic?  Examples of this are:

9.  How will students USE or APPLY  the information they find as a result of going on a virtual field trip?

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Virtual Field Trip: Implementation
 

10. Give an outline of the procedures or activities that will take place during the field trip.  Please do this in sequential form.  Be sure to include a description and an estimated time for each activity.

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Virtual Field Trip: Follow-up
 

11. What will you do as a follow-up to the virtual field trip?  What lessons will be taught after the field trip?

12.  How will you evaluate the success of the virtual field trip?


Raymond S. Pastore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Teacherworld.com
1148 McCormick Center
Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301
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