Years ago, when school funding was tight and field trips were a luxury, our district started doing virtual field trips to different locations. Going on a virtual field trip allowed us to explore destinations both near and far. Prior to our trip we received background information and during the fieldtrip the students had packets to complete to keep on task. At most locations, we also had a director “show” us around the museum and answer students’ questions. Kids loved it and even though the technology connections were sometimes “iffy”, teachers enjoyed the activities too.
For those trips to happen we had to partner teach with a Technology Teacher. Today, I spent 2 hours exploring China and California with simple clicks. With the COVID -19 pandemic parents are searching for great activities to explore. But, with so many places out there to explore easily, where should you go?
Top 3 Destinations for a Virtual Field Trip
- San Diego Zoo: I’ve visited the San Diego Zoo, but I didn’t see half the things that you can explore on a virtual field trip. Students can learn animal facts, play games and activities and explore exhibits in real time. Be sure to check out the live cams. Sometimes you can see live births!
- Monterey Bay Aquarium – The virtual tour allows students to go on a deep-sea adventure through exhibit webcams that allow student to watch sea creatures in real times. The classroom resource page has fact sheets, activities and games to play.
- The Great Wall of China: This site is a new favorite of mine. At first glance, the site looks like a Travel ad but take a closer look. The panoramic tour at one of the oldest and most historically significant wonders of the world is very cool!
Next Virtual Field trip location will be to see some dolphins. Stay tuned! Happy Travels!