Virtual field trips

Videoconferencing technology is making it possible for students to take field trips without leaving school, reports USA Today.

This school year, Hannah Landeros, 17, a junior at Howe (Okla.) High School, has visited with Pearl Harbor survivors at the USS Arizona Memorial, surveyed Hurricane Katrina damage in New Orleans and compared notes about college placement tests with students in Canada.

. . . Students still pile into school buses to take field trips to their state capitols or nearby historic sites. But they’re also “going” to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., and the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

In another example, teachers in White Plains, N.Y., have organized collaborative virtual field trips with schools in other countries.

Virtual travel lets students go farther faster and cheaper. And without permission slips.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Kinda like the movie day we got when teacher had a headache?

  2. wayne martin says:

    Lots of museums now have some sort of on-line access to their facilities, and/or provide DVDs for sale which allow detailed walk-thrus of their museums. There is simply no reason that every museum in the world shouldn’t have walk-thrus, with staff commentary, on-line for world-wide access.

    The same is true for parks, memorials, government buildings. Any institution that might be seen as needed for enriching the educational experience of students should provide a reasonable on-line access video for students to visit via the Net.

    (I have a list of WEB-sites with on-line museum tours which I tried to post, but this WEB-site’s software seems to reject the posting.)