General Education | 7 Virtual Field Trips Every Teacher Ought to Know About

Originally Posted by Mason @ Simple K12
20-JUL-11

Due to budget cuts, many teachers lack the essentials like pens and paper. So for most schools, even a small field trip to the local bakery or theater is too much to ask.

Well, today I’m going to show you how to make lemonade out of lemons!

Virtual field trips are becoming more and more popular (so popular that you demanded we do a webinar about them).

Why?

  1. They’re free.
  2. They don’t take a lot of time to set up.
  3. No applications or paperwork to fill out.
  4. Every student in the class can go.
  5. Students love them because they’re fun.
  6. Teachers love them because they get students involved and engaged.
  7. Did I mention they’re FREE?

I promised you lemonade — so I searched for hours and found THE BEST free online virtual field trips.

Have a sip…

1.  Google Art Projects
Google art projects is the collection of 1000+ works from 17 highly acclaimed art museums in the world. With Google art projects you can virtually walk the aisles of these museums and view high resolution images of paintings like Van Gough’s “The Bedroom”. Google also allows you to create your own art collection by saving individual paintings to a portfolio where you can add notes to the paintings and even share your whole collection with friends.
http://www.googleartproject.com/

2.  Google Sky
Travel the stars with Google Sky. With Google Sky you can view the position of plants, explore constellations, and even watch the birth of distant galaxies. You can even change the view of Google sky to see what the sky would look like if we had the ability to view the universe in
x-rays or infrared.
http://www.google.com/sky/

3.  Smithsonian
This self-paced, self-guided tour allows viewers to take a detailed virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. This is a complete virtual tour where all you have to do is follow the blue arrow around the museum to journey on a great tour of the museum that makes you’re feel like you’re actually walking the halls of the Smithsonian
http://www.mnh.si.edu/panoramas/

4.  Panoramas.dk
Bring the 7 wonders of the world to your classroom with panoramas.dk. This website has breathtaking panoramic views of all 7 wonders of the world which include the Colosseum in Rome, The Great Wall in China, Petra in Jordan, The Taj Mahal in India, Machu Picchu in Peru Christ Redeemer in Rio, and Chichén Itzá in Mexico.
http://www.panoramas.dk/7-wonders/colosseum.html

5.  The Oxford University Museum of Natural History
This virtual tour is of The Oxford University Museum of Natural History. This museum is home to an extensive world-wide collections of zoology, entomology, geology, and mineralogy, including the local dinosaur finds, a 40ft Tyrannosaurus rex, the observation beehive and Alice’s Dodo. Also a part of the tour is the building itself; one of the finest examples of the Victorian Gothic style of architecture.
http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/oxfordtour/universitymuseum/#

6.  National Museum of the United States Air Force
This remarkable tour of the National Museum of the United States Air Force gives viewers and very clear and complete tour of the entire museum grounds. See the progression of aeronautics in the U.S. from its beginnings with the Wright brothers all the way to modern day R&D aircraft.
http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/full/tour-pkg.html

7.  Inside the White House
Travel floor-by-floor as you take an interactive tour of the White House. View official White House photos of room as well as browse through the history of that room and its unique features. Also learn the significance each room has in the day-to-day workings of the White House.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/interactive-tour

Do you know of any virtual field trips that aren’t on this list? We’re always looking for more…

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