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Ten of the best virtual field trips

Ten of the best virtual field trips

The benefits of virtual field trips are well known: They’re inexpensive—often free—and are less time-consuming than a real trip. But researching which virtual field trips are best can prove labor-intensive, and many resources are out-of-date.

To help educators save time, we’ve chosen these 10 virtual field trips based on their relevancy, depth and quality of resources, and potential for student excitement.

Know of any other great virtual field trips that didn’t make the list? Be sure to leave your suggestion in the comments section below.

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  1. welchl

    April 8, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Interesting, but there is a distinction – virtual tours are not virtual field trips. Colonial Williamsburg hosts the best, and the longest running, electronic field trips in the country. http://www.history.org/history/teaching/eft/index.cfm

    Enjoy.

  2. geoflo

    April 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Have a look at http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/?lng=en#/fr/02_00.xml

    Virtual field trip to the lascaux caves. This is stunning.

  3. mpfannenstiel

    April 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    If you don’t have a traditional video conference unit you can still visit these trips using a PC or Mac with http://www.fieldtripzoom.com services.

  4. dcolavita

    April 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    For the most up-to-date searchable database of virtual fieldtrips using videoconferencing, check out http://www.cilc.org. The searching is free and the database is constantly being updated by all the providers!

  5. ev360

    June 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    http://www.educatevia360.com
    We incorporate text, narration, quizzes, video and facts into each VFT. We have 19 separate VFT’s online but are adding more each month… Washington DC monuments and Arlington Cemetery will be coming online in July.

  6. dondugganhaas

    June 13, 2013 at 4:29 am

    With funding from the National Science Foundation, we have been leading professional development to engage teachers in creating Virtual Fieldwork Experiences (VFEs) and have produced resources for others to create them as well. Some examples include the overview found here: http://bit.ly/VFEPD; replicating the Eames Power of Ten film using Google Earth here: http://bit.ly/PofTEN and the larger website found at virtualfieldwork.org.
    Thanks!
    Don Duggan-Haas, Ph.D.
    Senior Education Research Associate
    The Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth
    http://museumoftheearth.org
    Chair, Geoscience Education Division, Geological Society of America