It's Spring now, flowers are coming out and the weather is getting better, hopefully no more snow. Teachers are getting ready for field trips and students are over excited about them. Unfortunately, there are times when taking a field trip with students is not possible and in cases such as these, technology can compensate for it. Using the websites below, teachers will be able to take their students on wonderful virtual trips to see and visit places that could not probably visit in real. Check out the resources I have for you below and let me know what you think of them. Enjoy
1-Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
This comprehensive virtual tour allows visitors using a desktop computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android) to take a virtual, self-guided, room-by-room walking tour of the whole museum. You can even browse a list of past exhibits, which is included on the ground floor map (see upper right map buttons).
2- Arctic Tour
Free to the entire K-12 community, our programming use the allure of exciting Arctic dogsled expeditions and Arctic research as the vehicle through which K-12 teachers and students gain an understanding of natural and social sciences while we experience the cultures of the Arctic.
3- Moon Tour
With Moon in Google Earth, you can:
- Take tours of landing sites, narrated by Apollo astronauts
- View 3D models of landed spacecraft
- Zoom into 360-degree photos to see astronauts' footprints
- Watch rare TV footage of the Apollo missions
4- Google Art Project
Explore the site by selecting an art collection, an artist or an artwork. Click on the yellow “pegman” icon to visit these institutions virtually. Filter artworks by medium or make a search by keyword. Finally create and share your personal selection of artworks in the “My Galleries” section and explore other users’ galleries.
5- Planet in Action
Google Earth is a highly detailed 3D representation of our entire planet. Rather than just looking at it, why not play on it! PlanetInAction.com brings you top quality ideas, applications and concepts that will let you experience your planet in a whole new way.
6- World Wonders Project
From the archaeological areas of Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google’s World Wonders Project aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world.
7- Eternal Egypt
Eternal Egypt is a living record of a land rich in art and history, people and places, myths and religions. The stories of Eternal Egypt are told using the latest interactive technologies, high-resolution imagery, animations, virtual environments, remote cameras, three-dimensional models and more.
There are many ways to begin your journey through Eternal Egypt. The guided tour is a quick way to experience the best that the site has to offer. You can also begin with one of the cultural highlights below, or make your own discoveries using one of the many other ways to explore.
8- A Virtual Tour of Museums and Exhibits
These Sites present over 300 Museums, Exhibits, Points of Special Interest and Real-Time journeys which offer online multimedia guided tours on the Web. Most of the following offer text and pictures, others in addition transmit sound and an occasional movie.
9- Digital Field Trip to The Rain-forest
Experience a tropical rain forest and learn about the wonders of this incredible environment.
10- Virtual Field Trips
This website contain a great list of several other virtual field trips. Check them out.