When was the last time you took your kids on an actual field trip? You know. Got on a bus and went to some cool historical site or museum?
It doesn’t happen very often anymore. It costs too much. Takes time. Maybe there’s just not a lot of great places to go visit that are close enough.
So you no have no money, no time, and no cool places very close. The answer? The internet, of course.
Google Hangout has put together a very cool tool called Connected Classrooms. Connected Classrooms is a new program on Google+ that makes it easier for teachers to connect their students with virtual learning opportunities on Google+. Virtual Field Trips use Hangouts On Air to connect classrooms with unique learning experiences provided by a variety of educational partners on Google+.
For Connected Classrooms, virtual field trips can mean all kinds of learning experiences provided via Hangout On Air. They could take the form of a virtual tour of a facility, a conversation with an expert, a show-and-tell session with museum artifacts or a collaborative activity with another classroom across the globe.
Currently there are 28 “Tour Guides” – organizations, like National Geographic and Global Nomads, that lead the virtual field trips using Google Hangouts. Pretty awesome stuff.
Need some more ideas for online virtual field trips?
- 15 Awesome Interactive Virtual Field Trips
- Electronic Field Trips from the National Park Foundation
- Virtual Field Trips from Bernie Poole
- Virtual Tools and Field Trips from The Teacher’s Guide
- SimpleK12 has a ton of Virtual Field Trips in multiple content areas
- Nice collection of Field Trips from Internet4Classrooms
- Vicky Blackwell’s collection of Field Trips
- Virtual Tours: Travel Around the World from TechTrekkers
- Virtual and Digital Tours from Teacher Tap