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:
• Virtual Field Trips: Take, Create, and Visit:
• Integrating the World of Online Adventures:
• Classroom Management for Creating Virtual Field Trips:
• Virtual Fieldtrip: Scoring Rubric:
• CARE’s Virtual Fieldtrip:
• Virtual Tour and Field Trip sites:
• Chicago’s Field Museum Online Exhibits:
• Virtual Field Trips Site: