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ERIC Number: EJ1046030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
A New Take on the Field Trip
Lukes, Laura
Science Teacher, v81 n1 p24-29 Jan 2014
Because Laura Lukes used to be a geologist, when she started teaching science, she wanted to incorporate field experiences in her classroom. But, like many teachers, she faced obstacles: insufficient budgets, testing requirements, a lack of chaperones and transportation, and the safety concerns that come with fieldwork. As a result, a real field experience was not an option. So she started looking for an alternative, a "virtual" field experience for her students. She wanted an approach she could use to teach any topic in her Earth and space science classes. Her solution? She developed a hyperlink-based virtual field experience (VFE) that she created in PowerPoint in less than an hour (after collecting images and planning the field site) and saved as a PDF that could be easily posted, downloaded, or shared. This article describes the VFE that she created, with directions and best practices for using it to support inquiry in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A