Are We There Yet?: Actual and Virtual Field Trips

Let's Get Engaged!: The Sequel


Session WebQuest

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This session will not be conducted in the traditional format. Instead, it will be completed individually in the form of a webquest. By completing and submitting the worksheet and choice of project, each participant will earn 2 hours of credit. The deadline for the project is February 24, 2010.

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Introduction:


The Board of Education has just decided to disallow all field trips due to financial constraints and liability concerns. You are a firm believer in the benefits of field trips and would like to investigate other options for you and your colleagues. One viable alternative may be virtual field trips.

Using this WebQuest, you will investigate what virtual field trips are and how they might be a viable alternative to traditional field trips.

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Task:

By the end of this experience, you will have

  • experienced a webquest

  • explored what virtual field trips are

  • evaluated virtual field trip sites

  • created a project relating to virtual field trips


For your session project, choose one of the following products:

  • An outline for a lesson plan which incorporates one or more of the virtual field trips you explored.

  • An outline of an original virtual field trip for your students.

  • A written proposal for your team encouraging them to incorporate virtual field trips into their teaching next semester. Incorporate information from your research, address the pros and cons, and give examples.


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Process:

A. You will begin by finding out what virtual field trips are. Explore the resources below to build your background knowledge of virtual field trips. Respond to the following questions on your worksheet:


Download the WebQuest worksheet here

1. What are virtual field trips?
2. How do they compare to traditional field trips?
3. What are the pros and cons from both the teacher's and the students' points of view?



Get Outta Class With Virtual Field Trips

Take a Museum Field Trip Without Leaving Your Classroom

Virtual Adventures

Virtual Fieldtripping

Traditional vs. Virtual Field Trips

Kathy Schrock's Virtual Tour Evaluation Instrument

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B. Now, you will visit sites where you can find examples of virtual field trips. Respond to the following questions on your worksheet:


4. What are the components of a good virtual field trip?

5. What distinguishes an excellent virtual field trip from a mediocre one?

6. Choose one virtual field trip and describe its effectiveness.

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips: Blackwell's Best

Tech Trekers Virtual Field Trips

Google Lit Trips
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C. Finally, you will take what you've learned and explored, and create either:

  • An outline for a lesson plan which incorporates one or more of the virtual field trips you explored.

  • An outline of an original virtual field trip for your students.

  • A written proposal for your team encouraging them to incorporate virtual field trips into their teaching next semester. Incorporate information from your research, address the pros and cons, and give examples.


Now, Take the time to complete the reflection and feedback sections on your worksheet.


Your project should be submitted electronically to Leslie Grahn (lgrahn@hcpss.org) along with the completed worksheet by February 24, 2010.


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Evaluation:

Your project will be evaluated using the following rubric


Conclusion:

Congratulations! By going through this webquest, you have investigated virtual field trips and have evaluated them. You have also created a project, directly applying your learning from the webquest experience.


Click here to go to the Are We There Yet? wiki page for many more resources.