A Virtual High School Field Trip. Steven Bauernschmitt Cont702sum June 2009. What is a Virtual Field Trip?.
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A virtual field trip (or panoramic tour) is a simulation of an existing location, usually composed of images, a sequence of hyperlinked still or video images, and/or virtual models of the real location. They also may use other multimedia elements such as sound effects, music, narration, and text. As opposed to actual tourism, a virtual tour is typically accessed on a personal computer.
Students can access online Virtual Field Trips established by other online providers!
An example of an Author is
Students can create their own Virtual Field Trip!
Students can use TourMaker software to create online Virtual Field Trip that can be shared anytime, anywhere using the most current news and information available!
The virtual field trip could be used in the following situations as a viable strategy:
Virtual field trips taken online can take a student to locations too far away to travel to or too expensive to visit. Virtual field trips can take a student back in time, into outer space, or into the microscopic world.
Virtual field trips do not always convey the true three-dimensional nature of objects. They also do not convey the non-visual and aural feelings of touch and smell, etc. The VT can be somewhat less beneficial than really being in the field. It lacks the genuine nature of discovery!Strengths & Weaknesses of the Virtual Field Trip Strategy!
A virtual field trip could be used in the high school setting as a strategy to reinforce curriculum expectations in many subject areas such as:
Application to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and
general science are boundless! It could include the human body, the chemical industry, aviation, and our universe!
Applications to History and Geography could include historical tours of ancient civilizations and geographical sites such as oceans, volcanoes, and significant landmarks.
Languages and The Arts
Applications to Languages and the Arts could include a visit back in time to The Dark Ages, a visit with Shakespeare, or that of Leonardo da Vinci!
The use of a virtual field trips would be accommodating and appealing to all learning styles!
The virtual field trip can be viewed as kinesthetic, logical, visual, verbal, and interpersonal through the use of this type of teaching strategy.
Students at the high school level would require basic computer skill in terms of browsing online source for virtual field trip.
Students would require more advanced computer skills to create a virtual field trip. This would include the ability to create and upload a webpage.
In planning and implementing a unit of study using a virtual field trip, it would be important to:
There is a tremendous number of support materials on the planning and implementation of a virtual field trip!
The virtual field trip allows for amalgamation of language with units of study such as science, art, history, mathematics, and geography.
Integrated learning experiences can motivate students tremendously and adhere to their individual learning styles
The virtual field trip prepares students for school experiences that could not normally be accomplished through more traditional cross-curricular exercises
Virtual field trip can accommodate and help Special Needs students to:
You should probably spend a little time planning before creating your virtual field trip.
1. Begin by deciding on the subject, types of images, descriptions, etc. you
want to include in the field trip.
2. Design the overall structure of the virtual field trip. Where will it lead, what
are the specific stops along the way.
3. Create a separate map which provides an outline of the field trip. This
includes stops and various links to particular sites.
2. Choose a template for your web page or pages. You can use a template
supplied by an online resource or create your own template using software
applications such as Microsoft Front Page.
4. Create an index web page and then update the page each time you create
different stop on your tour or another link.
How to make your own Virtual Tour!