V-Trip Travel Guide Classroom Strategies for Virtual Field Trips
What Is a Virtual Field Trip? • A V-Trip is a visit to a specific Web destination to accomplish educational objectives. • A V-Trip gives students access to places they might otherwise never get to visit.
Where Can You Go on V-Trips? • A rainforest or desert • The Whitehouse • NASA • Museums • Zoos • National monuments • Other countries
Why Take a V-Trip? Providing access to various forms of technology at the right time can significantly improve the rate and amount of learning that a student accomplishes on a given topic.
Why Take a V-Trip (Students) • Gain understanding through “first-hand” experience • Solve real-world problems • Gain access to places or people • Get a private tour of an area without all the confusion and chaos of a real field trip
V-Trip Preparation • Purpose • Gain information, experience, understanding • Web site addresses and considerations • Plug-ins? • Preparations, materials or people needed • Extra equipment needed
V-Trip Hints Test your site prior to the lesson!!
V-Trip Hints • Introduce the geography of the area and find it on a map. • Use parent volunteers. • Use a projector if not enough computers. • Use the computer lab. • Add imagination to your V-Trip.
Virtual Field Trips Time to take one yourself… Follow the directions on the Virtual Field Trip to Ancient Lands form. Record your answers on the form, please.
Scavenger Hunts • Two types • Published • Original • Two types of searching • Review of one or more pre-selected sites • Hunt using search tools such as Google or Vivisimo
Time to take one yourself…. • Use one of the three examples in your packet • Go to the URL and follow the directions