Virtual Field Trips
A Virtual field trip is a simulated, real-time field trip. In the case of interactive video conferencing, "students interact, in a live even, with a remotely located field trip host." Cole, Ray, Zanetis 2004. Virtual Field Trips can be accessed through your distance education room. There are a wide variety of topics and grade level trips available.
You may select your own provider or send a request to FACET network staff to help you find what you are looking for. Here are just a few for you to consider.
Ellis Island - A distant shore
Core focus is on what happened on Ellis Island when immigrants came to Ellis island. Includes a 360 degree photo of the "Great Hall". The great hall is where the immigrants would go through a health exam as well as a legal exam before being allowed to enter the US. nps.gov/elis/forteachers
Free programs, target grades 4-6. (Generally grades 3-5 fits better into the curriculum).
Offered daily 9 am and Noon provided until March. Then at Noon after that.
Roxanne Glaser - Content Director
Offer lots of safety type programs for young children. Pk - Grade 8.
Drawing program that reinforces math vocabulary (2nd semester K through 5th grade).
Take mathematical concepts and create mysteries based on those. Given 6 clues to the teams. Each clue is based on the clue before. The teams need to show how they came to that conclusion. Good for gifted students, ESL students, and 3-5 grade classes.
Novel in an Hour
Take 4-5 classes and assign them a portion of the novel. The teacher reads their portion and the students have to create a summary of their portion of the story. Then they connect for the program and after 25 minutes they will have a summary of the whole book. When done, the students often want to read the whole book.
Adaptable PreK-5. Each class creates a monster and a description of the monster. Then the classes swap the descriptions and make one based on the description. They then connect to see how close they were.
NASA's Digital Learning Network
everything that NASA is offering via virtual means. They have a searchable database to FREE videoconferences actually conducted by NASA employees - for students and teachers. http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/content/catalog/