http://www.infotoday.com/MMSchools/sep01/stevenson.htm

Virtual field trips offer entertaining and informative extensions of classroom activities. They can be used for multiple purposes, including:

1. A substitute for a site visit when costs or logistics make the visit impossible;

2. Preparing students for a real field trip;

3. Follow-up activities after a real field trip; or

4. Sharing your actual travel experiences or those of your class.

The range of virtual field trips continues to expand. Bigchalk (http://www.bigchalk.com), for example, has developed a number of trips that bring students the sights and sounds of the natural world.

Among bigchalk’s most popular trips are a Virtual Sea Kayak Expedition to Central American oceans, rivers, canals, and jungles, and the Congo Gorilla Forest that explores the Bronx Zoo’s rainforest exhibit.

Bigchalk also has numerous history-oriented trips, such as a day in the life of Colonial Williamsburg. NASA Quest, developed by NASA, shows astronauts in space and training for various space expeditions.

Here are resources to devise a supplementary program that will help students get the most out of a virtual field trip experience.

Creating a Virtual Field Trip:
http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/workshop98/sessions/trip

Virtual Field Trips: Take, Create, and Visit:
http://www.uen.org/utahlink/tours

Integrating the World of Online Adventures:
http://www.macul.org/conferences/2001/handouts/MACULHan/online_adventures_MACUL.htm

Classroom Management for Creating Virtual Field Trips:
http://www.geographyjim.org/virtual.htm

Virtual Fieldtrip: Scoring Rubric:
http://members.aol.com/mistercheung3/virtual.htm

CARE’s Virtual Fieldtrip:
http://www.care.org/virtual_trip

Virtual Tour and Field Trip sites:
http://faculty.acu.edu/~armstrongl/geography/virt.html

Chicago’s Field Museum Online Exhibits:
http://www.fmnh.org./exhibits/online_exhib.htm

Virtual Field Trips Site:
http://www.field-guides.com/about.htm