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ERIC Number: EJ886387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
The Beginner's Guide to Interactive Virtual Field Trips
Zanetis, Jan
Learning & Leading with Technology, v37 n6 p20-23 Mar-Apr 2010
For students, field trips can be the best of both worlds: a welcome and exciting break from day-to-day classroom activities and a memorable, real-world experience that will solidify the curriculum in their minds. Unfortunately, the most desirable trips--those to far-away, enticing destinations--have long been inaccessible to all but a select few, and even local field trips have become less common as travel costs have steadily risen over the past several years. But today there are other options. Virtual field trips (VFTs) are just what their name suggests: field trips that are conducted virtually, over the Internet and/or videoconferencing equipment, so that students can learn directly from experts in far-flung places without ever leaving their classrooms. Just like traditional field trips, VFTs take a number of different forms. They can involve touring a historic site, witnessing scientific experiments or processes at museums or organizations, watching live demonstrations in the field, attending folk festivals or other events, and much more. They differ from the traditional variety only in that they are delivered over the Internet using technology in either asynchronous or interactive synchronous formats. In this article, the author describes how teachers and their students can see, hear, and interact with the wonders of the world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A