Virtual Tours, Virtual Reality, and Live-Streaming Events
Today there are more ways than ever to see the world from the comfort of your classroom. Options range from live-streaming explorations, to websites that let you explore a location through 360 ° video and photos, to real-world virtual reality experiences.
Virtual field trips
Your classroom may be hundreds of miles away from the White House or International Space Station, but thanks to these high-quality virtual tours that make good use of audio, text, videos, and related activities, students can get a true understanding of what it is like to visit.
White House: A virtual tour of the White House features a tour of the Eisenhower Executive Office as well as an overview of first-floor and state-floor art.
Visitors can also explore the basics of the White House, view presidential portraits hanging in the White House, and investigate the dinner that has been used during the various presidential administrations.
International Space Station: Thanks to NASA’s video tour, viewers can take a guided tour of the International Space Station with Commander Suni Williams.
In addition to learning about the space station itself, visitors will learn how astronauts exercise to prevent loss of bone density and muscle mass, how they get rid of their trash, and how they brush their hair and brush their teeth to zero.
Statue of Liberty: If you can not visit the Statue of Liberty in person, this virtual visit is the next best thing.
With 360 panoramic photos, along with videos and text, check out the field travel experience. Before you start, read through the icon descriptions in order to take full advantage of all the extras that are available.
Virtual Reality Field Trips
With new and increasingly affordable technology, it is easy to find field excursions that offer a complete virtual reality experience .
Explorers can buy virtual cardboard glasses for less than $ 10, giving users an experience almost as good as visiting the location. No need to manipulate a mouse or click a page to navigate. Even a pair of cheap glasses offers a life experience, allowing visitors to look around the place as if they were visiting in person.
Google Expedition offers one of the best field trip experiences in virtual reality. Users download an app available for Android or iOS. You can explore alone or as a group.
If you choose the group option, someone (usually a parent or teacher) acts as a guide and leads the expedition on a tablet. The guide chooses adventure and walks explorers through, directing them to points of interest.
You can visit historical monuments and museums, swim in the ocean, or go to Mount Everest.
Discovery Education: Another high quality VR field trip option is Discovery Education. For years, the Discovery Channel has provided viewers with educational programming. Now, they offer a phenomenal virtual reality experience for classes and parents.
As with Google Expeditions, students can enjoy Discovery virtual trips on desktop or mobile without glasses.
360 ° videos are breathtaking. To add to the full VR experience, students will need to download the app and use a VR viewer and their mobile device.
Discovery offers direct field trip opportunities, viewers must register and join the trip at the scheduled time or explorers can choose from any of the archived trips. There are adventures such as a Kilimanjaro Expedition, a trip to the Science Museum in Boston, or a visit to Pearl Valley Farm to learn how eggs get from the farm to your table.
Virtual virtual field trips
Another opportunity to explore through virtual field trips is to join a live streaming event. All you need is an internet connection and a device such as a desk or tablet. The advantage of live events is the ability to participate in real time by asking questions or participating in surveys, but if you miss an event, you can view a recording of it at your convenience.
Field Trip Zoom is a place that offers such events for home classes and schools. There is an annual fee for using the service, but it allows a single class or homeschooling family to participate in as many field trips as they would like during the year. Field trips are not virtual tours, but educational programs designed for specific class levels and curriculum standards. Options include visits to the Ford Theater, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, learning about DNA at the National Museum of Law Enforcement, trips to the Houston Space Center or the Sealife Center in Alaska.
Users can watch pre-recorded events or sign up for upcoming events and watch live. During live events, students can ask questions by typing a question and answer table. Sometimes the field trip partner will create a survey that allows students to respond in real time.
National Geographic Explorer Class: Finally, do not miss the National Geographic Explorer class. All you need to join in these direct field trips is access to YouTube. The first six classes to enroll must interact with the field trip guide, but anyone can ask questions using Twitter and #ExplorerClassroom.
Viewers can sign up and join live at the scheduled time, or watch archived events on the classroom YouTube channel.
Experts directing National Geographic virtual field trips include deep-sea explorers, archaeologists, conservators, marine biologists, space architects, and more.