In this world of virtual learning we find ourselves in today, there are many things that we cannot experience in person. None find this more true than our students as they are learning how to do school in a completely different way than anyone has had to before.
Field trips are something that we all looked forward to as children. On a field trip, students are able to leave the confines of the classroom to experience something they don’t get to see every day. With the current state of education in the pandemic, field trips are hard to do in person. Luckily, there are many options for field trips that you and your students can experience right at the touch of a button.
Many zoo websites have different ways for you and your students to experience the zoo through the magic of the internet. There are many zoos with live cameras to their animal exhibits as well as interactive classroom-centered activities for students to experience the world of animals.
Just like zoos, aquariums are making use of their websites to engage student learning and exploration through webcams of their animal exhibits and activities for students to explore the world under water.
For many students, the place they call home is in the middle of an urban jungle with the foods they are exposed to coming from grocery stores or a lone tomato plant in their backyard. There are farms who have made their every day lives available for students to peruse through their websites as well to learn more about the animals that help us as well as the food that we eat.
One of the best field trips for students is a field trip where they get to experience things they do not get to see on our earth. The stars, planets, and space activity are always sure to pique interest as we can study the heavenly bodies that make up the night sky. There are virtual field trips that you can access that will allow your students to explore the world beyond our atmosphere.
There are many different types of museums from natural history museums, art and culture museums, and children’s museums with hands-on exhibits. Explore what all of these museums have to offer on your next virtual field trip with your students.
Although it is difficult to get your students to a wetland or prairie to explore the environments that make up the world around us right now, you can allow your students to explore The Nature Conservatory. They will have fun learning about the differences between the different ecosystems through their interactive platform.
Throughout the Discovery Education website, you will find many different virtual field trip ideas for your students. There are field trips to learn about animals, people, history, art, and culture exploring the world around us.
Travel Around The World
When considering options of virtual field trips, we, as educators, can feel a little bit sad that our students can’t experience field trips in a normal way, there are some websites that are making things possible that haven’t been before. When you have scheduled a bus for a field trip in the past, you were limited geographically, but now, we have the option of allowing our students to experience different field trips from all over the world.
There are so many great options for taking your students on virtual field trips during this time. Some of the local spots you would visit with your students are places they can explore online and become experts on when they are allowed to visit again with family and friends. The pandemic has brought us some good things with virtual field trips, though, allowing students to learn and explore on their own places that would never be available to them in space or in other countries entirely. We have so many great options for our students to satisfy their curiosity. Check out these Virtual Field Trip Resources. Plan a virtual field trip today!