Magazine article Teach

Field Trips

Magazine article Teach

Field Trips

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Virtual Trips

What better place for a technology-based field trip than a virtual one! Imagine viewing works of art from the Hungarian National Museum or touring the ruins of Pompeii, all from the comfort of your classroom. As the sophistication of technology continues, many museums, cultural institutes, and organizations are offering interactive tours fitting a 21st Century learner.

These trips are not only free, but allow students to experience different locations all around the world. A vast variety of virtual field trips are available to cover many curriculum areas. A quick Internet query will offer plenty of ideas, but below are a few suggestions to get you on your way to your next field trip.

Google Cultural Institute

Google has partnered with hundreds of cultural institutions and museums to house and share some of the world's greatest cultural works online. Beginning with the Art Project, over 40,000 pieces are displayed in special exhibits. Some paintings are interactive and allow visitors to zoom in at brushstroke level to closely examine the finest details. Using another Google technology, Street View, users can move Peg Man throughout the interior of some famous landmarks such as the Palace of Versailles and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue-The White House. Afterward, visitors can build and share their own gallery. Another facet of the Google Cultural Institute is the World Wonders Project. This experience drops students right into modern and ancient world sites using Google technologies. Historic destinations include, Stonehenge, the archaeological areas of Pompeii, and the Great Barrier Reef. …

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