Explore The World From Your Desktop: Virtual Field Trips

With much of the country following stay-at-home orders, scheduled field trips have been put on temporary hold. So, why not try a virtual field trip to…anywhere? Virtual field trips are a great way to enhance curriculum and make learning more engaging. They incorporate 21st-century technology in a meaningful way, provide interactive learning experiences, and expose students to places they may never have a chance to visit in person.

What is a virtual field trip?

A virtual field trip is many things. It can be as simple as providing students an opportunity to visit a time or place by examining a collection of photos, videos, or animations at a website. Or, it can be exploring cathedrals, castles, and palaces in medieval Europe through Google Earth Voyager. But it can also be a live videoconference with a curator from a museum or zoo. Virtual field trips can be as simple or as involved as you like.

The links below are examples of virtual field trips or tours that we found engaging, user-friendly, and easy to incorporate right away. Click on one or all of the following links and give them a whirl. The Field Trip Wrap-up sheet can be used with any of these adventures. Bon voyage and safe travels!!

Google Earth

Google Earth Voyager – This link is a MUST SEE. The selection of virtual tours is incredible! Find a time or place you’d like to visit, pack your virtual bags, and go! Here are a few favorites to explore:

  • Goodall, Gombe, and Google: Learn more about Dr. Jane Goodall and her research on chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park.
  • This is School: Experience classrooms around the world on an international expedition.

Tour the United States of America

  • The Statue of Liberty: This amazing virtual tour makes you feel like you’re standing right on Liberty Island. There are audio and video links for many of the slides that give you in-depth information about the symbolism of the statue and how it was designed. You can even enjoy the view from the crown windows! (Requires Flash Player)

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Post Author: MargeS

Marge is a writer here at Simple Solutions. She has Elementary and Special Education degrees from Notre Dame College. For 17 years, she taught both second and third grades at St. Paschal Baylon School in Ohio, the first school to use Simple Solutions. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and visiting US National Parks with her husband.

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