Virtual Field Trips

Field trips provide students with a view of the real world that they don’t usually get in the classroom, and they can help students understand real-world applications of seemingly abstract topics in math and science. Several studies have shown that students retain more knowledge through the type of experience-based learning that field trips provide when compared to in-class learning.

One substitute to a field trip in the 21st century is using technology for a virtual field trip. Students can partake in virtual field trips from their classroom using a website from a zoo, museum, or other popular field trip destination. Or they can use video conferencing, like Skype, to talk with people in other places to gain some real-world perspectives.

The two websites below offer some great virtual field trips.

http://www.learnaroundtheworld.com/

http://www.exploringbytheseat.com/