Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

The Big Pocket Guide to Using & Creating Field Trips

Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

The Big Pocket Guide to Using & Creating Field Trips

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The BIG POCKET GUIDE to Using & Creating Field Trips by Kim Foley. Persistent VISION, P.O. Box 20106, Spokane, Washington. 99204 [http:// www.field-trips.org]. 2001. ISBN: 0-9716154-0-3. 111 pp. Spiral Notebook, no price available.

This guide for K-12 educators is a tool for learning how to create virtual field trips as part of classroom use of technology. The goal is to help teachers use the Internet more effectively as well as to provide them with support in creating online activities.

The author begins with a definition of "field trips" and how these trips can help teachers organize the great deal of information found on the Web. A comparison of real and virtual field trips explores the similarities and differences found. Examples of how teachers use field trips are included along with a tool called ToolMaker for creating field trips. The guide is not intended as an exhaustive list of virtual field trips on the Web.

A chapter on "Using VFTs in the Classroom" points out a number of considerations necessary for successful field trip implementation. Questions include: How many students will be using a computer at one time? How do you monitor usage? How do you verify the validity of the information? …

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