Use Virtual Adventures
The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
Students need guidance when exploring new places. Background information, guiding questions, and points of focus can all be helpful in seeing a place from a particular point of view.
Purpose of Virtual Field Trip
Take only memories. Leave nothing but footprints.
Before jumping into a virtual field trip, consider the purpose. How will this activity address critical and creative thinking skills, information and technology skills, as well as content-area standards?
Developing respect for other cultures, people, and places are all part of the goal of exploration. Whether it's visiting another country or learning about nature, developing a virtual field trip can help develop and change attitudes and values. Until children have seen both a polluted river and a healthy river full of life, they can't fully understand the impact of pollution on nature.
Students must use a wide range of critical and creative thinking skills, as well as information skills to use a virtual field trip effectively. Consider the following areas:
Textbooks provide factual information about various locations. However they don't allow a first-person, multi-sensory experience. A virtual field trip is the "next best thing" to being there. In many cases it's actually better because the real place may be too expensive or dangerous to explore live.
Once you've found a field trip that meetings your needs, you're ready to integrate it into your classroom activities. To avoid your own trip to the "funny farm," carefully consider the following ten questions.