kinds of virtual field trips are
What trips can I explore with my students?
How can I integrate virtual field trips into my classroom?
Although you'd love to take your class to Antarctica or Hawaii, it's not realistic. Instead, take your students on a virtual field trip. Use the following resources to locate virtual field trips. You can also do a search in Google for topics such as "wetlands virtual field trip".
What's a Virtual Field Trip? It's a way to visit a place you can't go to in real life. Go to the Michigan 4-H Children's Garden Kid's Tour for a great example.
Many of these tours now include mapping tools such as Google Maps. Go to Trans-Siberian Railway Tour for an example.
Be sure to check out the Virtual Adventures project to learn more about exploring, using, adapting, and creating virtual field trips.
Read the article Get Outta Class With Virtual Field Trips from Education World.
Keep in mind that you can use tools such as Google Maps and Google Earth to build your own exciting virtual field trips. Check out an example by high school teacher Angela Cunningham.
Read Let's Go! Google Earth.
Some educators and librarians are creating subject areas tours using Google Earth. Explore some examples:
Many websites provide panorama images or other ways to fly over places. Explore examples below:
Integrating Virtual Field Trips into the Classroom
There are lots of cool ways to use virtual field trips in the classroom. Apple Learning Interchange has lots of great examples.
Follow CARE workers on adventures around the world
Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
Estuary Field Trip
Expeditions @ Field Museum
The First Thanksgiving
Follows the voyage of the Mayflower and like in America.
Geology of Mojave National Preserve
JASON Project - no longer free (now subscription-based).
Lower Eastside Tenement Museum Virtual Tour
Tour the history of this area of New York.
National Geographic Expeditions Online - dozens of online adventures
Online Expeditions from
This Old Habitat
Visit habitats and learn about ecology.
US Trek - follow trekkers who explore history, culture, and current events
World War II Remembers
Explore life during World War II
Virtual Exhibition and Museum Tours
If you can't visit a particular museum, check to see if the exhibits are online. Some websites have virtual tours and others have photographs of the exhibits and additional information.
American Museum of Natural History
National Gallery of Air Online Tours
Natural History Museum
Roman Open Air Museum
Links to Virtual Field Trip Websites
Links to geology virtual field trips around the world
Internet Field Trips from Scholastic
Topical approach to using Internet resources.
Also, check out Online Activities from Scholastic
Spot Field Trips
website focusing on virtual field guides and field trips (not really "field trips" more like pathfinders
Virtual Field Trips from Utah Link
Take a trip or create a trip. (some are field trips and others are just pathfinders)
How to Create a Virtual Tour - shows how to use their tools for building one
Explore Virtual Field Trips
Explore online virtual field trips. Brainstorm how you could create your own field trip.
For lots of ideas, go to 100 Virtual Tours.