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Take your students around the world with this curated list of resources offering free virtual field trips. Visiting museums and famous landmarks may not be in your school's budget. The next best thing is taking students to visit locations around the world - virtually! Each review includes a description highlighting what is available at each site. Read the classroom use suggestions for additional ideas about how to implement these tools in your classroom.  

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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7 to 12
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Learn about the Holocaust through the digital resources offered by the Holocaust Museum. Start with an introduction to the Holocaust containing key facts, articles, and a media gallery...more
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Learn about the Holocaust through the digital resources offered by the Holocaust Museum. Start with an introduction to the Holocaust containing key facts, articles, and a media gallery featuring a variety of Holocaust-related topics. Explore the many free resources for educators to teach about the Holocaust. These resources contain lesson plans, guidelines for teaching the Holocaust, poster sets, podcasts, and more. Explore the Museum's collections to view documents, artifacts, and discover the first-hand stories of those that survived the Holocaust.

tag(s): europe (69), germany (25), holocaust (38), world war 2 (133)

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Use these free materials as the starting point for any lessons on the Holocaust. Go on a virtual field trip of the museum to engage students' interest in the causes and outcomes of the Holocaust. Be sure to help students understand the personal toll of the Holocaust by visiting the "Who Were the Victims?" portion of the site. Organize your lessons using ActivelyLearn, reviewed here. Add articles, videos, and documents into an ActivelyLearn lesson to guide students through the learning process. Easily differentiate materials based on student interests and abilities within your ActivelyLearn unit. As a culminating project, and to enhance student learning, ask students to share what they learned using Story Maps, reviewed here. Ask students to create story maps for individuals involved with the Holocaust, or to tell the story of events leading up to the Holocaust.
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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Virtual Field Trips - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from July 2020. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

Make an ordinary day extraordinary. Provide important context for your content, ratchet-up engagement, and immerse all students in authentic learning experiences with virtual field trips. Discuss strategies that can deepen learning and focus on targeted instructional goals, whether challenges and observations during or reflections and extensions post-experience. Explore different field trip options and identify destinations that support your educational setting. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1.Understand how to use virtual field trips in the classroom; 2. Explore virtual field trip options; and 3. Plan for the use of virtual field trips in your classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): remote learning (44), virtual field trips (65)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants - Joe Grabowski

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6 to 12
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Bring science, exploration, and conservation into your classroom through virtual field trips with scientists and leading experts around the globe sponsored on this site. Choose from...more
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Bring science, exploration, and conservation into your classroom through virtual field trips with scientists and leading experts around the globe sponsored on this site. Choose from over twenty monthly options shared via satellite. Find events by scrolling through offerings on the home page, select from map locations, or use the calendar view to browse by specific dates. Most sessions are about 45 minutes long; however, additional options offer full day and week-long events. Watch events virtually or sign up for a camera spot to interact with the session presenters. Don't worry if you are unable to attend a session, view any previous activities on the site's YouTube channel.

tag(s): animal homes (59), animals (260), conservation (80), ecology (96), explorers (59), oceans (129), space (200), STEM (215), virtual field trips (65), water (97)

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Take advantage of these free sessions to bring real-word conservation and science lessons to your students. There are three ways for your class to enjoy the sessions. The first one is to "Tune in live! Any number of classrooms can watch the events live on YouTube and even send in some questions using the chat sidebar." The second one is "Grab a camera spot so your class can appear on the screen and interact with the speaker. We generally have 5-7 classrooms joining in this way each hangout." The third viewing choice is "Every hangout is recorded directly to YouTube, we have a growing library of past events that can be viewed by classrooms anytime on our channel." See more explanations to the viewing options by clicking the wavy red lines in the upper left corner and then click For Teachers. Begin by watching virtual field trips (viewing option 3), then expand your activities in additional sessions by signing up to participate and interact with the presenters. Prepare for student questioning by brainstorming ideas. Engage students by sharing ideas using an online bulletin board tool like Pinside, reviewed here. Save and share ideas on your class website. As students research information for your upcoming topic, enhance learning by using a collaborative bookmarking tool like SearchTeam, reviewed here, for all students to share websites with their peers and add comments. Prepare your students further for interactions with researchers by watching videos from previous broadcasts using playposit, reviewed here, to add questions for students into the YouTube videos and encourage students to add comments discussing each issue. Most of the online tools suggested above will help students document their learning during remote or distance learning sessions.
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Instant Street View - Nick Nicholaou

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4 to 12
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If you use Google Maps you know they offer a street view for locations; Instant Street View saves a step and takes you directly there. Type in any address to ...more
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If you use Google Maps you know they offer a street view for locations; Instant Street View saves a step and takes you directly there. Type in any address to browse any location. Some locations don't offer street view, in that instance Instant Street View shares the Google Map view.
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tag(s): maps (217), virtual field trips (65)

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Bookmark this site on computers for quick use at any time. During current events discussions, share a street view of locations with students to provide context for the area. When discussing famous buildings, or locations, share a street view to provide students with a 360-degree view of the actual area. Find an interesting location and use street view as a starter for a creative writing project. Extend student learning by having students share their stories using a website creator like Hashify, reviewed here. Hashify is a simple website creator that offers options for adding links and images to the site.

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Virtual Field Trip to Ellis Island - Scholastic

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3 to 8
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This 30-minute video guides viewers through the history of Ellis Island and the process faced by immigrants reaching the island. The narrator shows different areas of the buildings...more
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This 30-minute video guides viewers through the history of Ellis Island and the process faced by immigrants reaching the island. The narrator shows different areas of the buildings on Ellis Island and interviews park rangers sharing stories of their families along with personal stories of immigrants. Choose from the links at the top for the Teacher's Activity Guides for additional Scholastic resources for teaching about immigration and Ellis Island.

tag(s): ellis island (7), immigrants (26), immigration (56)

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Include this video with your other resources for students using a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo EDU, reviewed here. Symbaloo includes icons to make organizing and sharing information easy for any topic. Enhance learning by asking students to interview family members to learn about immigrants in their family tree or research famous immigrants. Have them create a webpage using Hashify, reviewed here, to share information about their family member including country they came from, reasons for leaving, their immigration experience, and their life in America. In addition to telling stories about immigrants, create a timeline using Timeline Maker, reviewed here.

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BLVRD - Art. Virtually. Anywhere. - Robert Hamwee and Elizabeth L Reede

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8 to 12
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BLVRD offers virtual field trips and access to the world's best-known art collections and cultural sites. View this site on any platform. For a virtual reality experience BLVRD is hardware...more
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BLVRD offers virtual field trips and access to the world's best-known art collections and cultural sites. View this site on any platform. For a virtual reality experience BLVRD is hardware agnostic (you can read about this under the FAQs). Select from the different museum and cultural topic options to begin your experience. Created in Great Britain, most content on this site features archives from British museums although there are a couple of American museums featured. Find curriculum ideas, timelines, and additional resources at the Educate link located on the top of the page.

tag(s): art history (73), artists (72), england (52), great britain (17), museums (40), virtual field trips (65)

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Take a "window walk" together with your students as you explore the large variety of art found on this site. Use a tool such as WordClouds, reviewed here, to create and share word maps with features of art found in the different museums. Use this site to begin your exploration of different time periods in British history. Have students create an animated timeline including images and videos to share art from around the world during the same time frame or to demonstrate British art throughout the years. Use a timeline tool such as History in Motion, reviewed here, that allows users to create interactive timelines.

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Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips - Discovery Education

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K to 12
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Travel to the world's most amazing places whenever you like with Discovery Education's Virtual Field Trips, no chaperones or payment required! Explore the archives by subject, grade...more
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Travel to the world's most amazing places whenever you like with Discovery Education's Virtual Field Trips, no chaperones or payment required! Explore the archives by subject, grade level, or theme to view all available experiences. The virtual field trips include a video along with lesson plans and additional resources to download. Some videos are hosted on YouTube.

tag(s): agriculture (43), animals (260), careers (130), constitution (88), design (81), energy (126), england (52), explorers (59), holocaust (38), lincoln (57), nutrition (131), pi (23), planets (108), shakespeare (91), spain (11), STEM (215), virtual field trips (65), weather (156)

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Immerse your students into your studies with a close-up in-depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Find ways to motivate your most reluctant learners. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visit. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use field trips as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides in their own learning by choosing topics of interest. Then transform their learning and ask these students to share research findings in a video with discussion questions to go with the research and with links to outside resources using a tool such as Vizia, reviewed here. Be sure students create a script to read from before beginning to produce their own video.

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Capturing Everest - A Groundbreaking VR Experience - SI Group

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6 to 12
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Capturing Everest is a four-part documentary presented through virtual reality film-making technology. Although best viewed with a VR viewer, this site is still stunning when viewed...more
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Capturing Everest is a four-part documentary presented through virtual reality film-making technology. Although best viewed with a VR viewer, this site is still stunning when viewed on its own. The documentary takes viewers from the first stop before starting the climb through the final opportunity to reach the summit. Choose any of the four chapters to begin viewing, click the VR icon to view with a VR viewer.
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tag(s): asia (68), field trips (9), mountains (12), virtual field trips (65)

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Use this site as an activator, introducing the topic of Mt. Everest, Nepal, or the Himalayas. This website would benefit a Geography class, exploring the significance of the Himalayas while simultaneously studying the geographic forces that made the mountain chain. Modify learning by instructing students to create timelines of a Mount Everest adventure (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Timeline JS, reviewed here. Enhance learning by inviting students to use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about climbing Mount Everest from the perspective of the climber or a Sherpa guide.

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Google Earth VR - Google Earth

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4 to 12
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Take a virtual tour of several of the world's most famous places with Google Earth VR's preview gallery. Begin by selecting from landmarks such as the Rome Colosseum or Hoover ...more
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Take a virtual tour of several of the world's most famous places with Google Earth VR's preview gallery. Begin by selecting from landmarks such as the Rome Colosseum or Hoover Dam. Move around with your cursor to see the 360-degree view, or watch as the preview takes you on tour. Be sure to click on the square icon near the bottom of each show to open up each virtual reality to a full-screen view.

tag(s): china (57), cultures (97), italian (26), mountains (12), renaissance (31), rome (19), virtual field trips (65)

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Immerse your students in your studies with a close-up, in-depth look through virtual field trips. Visit places where time, money, and mileage inhibit your dreams for bringing your students into wondrous worlds. Find ways to visit where your class has never gone before. Find the means to motivate your most reluctant learners. Small groups or individual students can focus on one of the tours and use as a starting point for additional research. ESL/ELL learners will appreciate the visual tours. Reach all types of learners through a class visit. Use these virtual reality tours as a whole class anticipatory guide, a center activity, a home connection, or even as extra credit. Challenge your gifted students to be guides to their own learning. Make your class go global! For other virtual tours, try Listly Virtual Field Trips, reviewed here.

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Pompeii Virtual Tour - Google Maps

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6 to 12
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Can't take a field trip to Pompeii? Use this virtual field trip that includes photos and 360-degree views of this ancient Roman City. Click on slides at the bottom of ...more
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Can't take a field trip to Pompeii? Use this virtual field trip that includes photos and 360-degree views of this ancient Roman City. Click on slides at the bottom of the page to see different areas of the ruins such as the Temple of Isis and street views of the entire archeological area.

tag(s): romans (29), virtual field trips (65), volcanoes (50)

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In the age of shrinking opportunities for field trips, jump right in! This site is perfect for use on an interactive whiteboard as you explore this well-preserved example of ancient Roman life. Enhance learning by having students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about a day in the life of an inhabitant of Pompeii. As an alternative, enhance learning by having students create blogs using a tool like Edublog, reviewed here, to reflect what they have learned about ancient Pompeii and Roman life.

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Roadtrippers - Roadtrippers

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1 to 12
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Jump onto your computer and start your road trip! Choose a destination, and start planning the Hotels, Attractions, Natural Wonders, and Weird Stuff for your trip. Plan your trip by...more
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Jump onto your computer and start your road trip! Choose a destination, and start planning the Hotels, Attractions, Natural Wonders, and Weird Stuff for your trip. Plan your trip by entering the starting address and the final destination. Instantly discover the journey's duration, the amount of money needed for gas, and the mileage. Choose the dates you will travel and save your trip. Print your plans, email them to yourself or others, or access your trip plans on the app. Plan several trips and save them in your account. Not sure where you want to go? Discover interesting areas by viewing the stories posted on Roadtrippers. Be sure to preview what you will show students as not all journals are kid friendly.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (167), field trips (9), virtual field trips (65)

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Bring the world of road tripping to your class! Plan journeys as math challenges to determine the amount of money required. Give students a budget and see what happens. Challenge students to create a dream trip and a budget trip. Find the difference between the two. You could use an online tool such as the Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram, reviewed here, to replace a paper and pencil Venn Diagram. Bring the settings of your favorite stories to life! Introduce a travel blog by pursuing the saved trip journals. Again, preview what you will show students as not all journals are kid friendly. Post the trips with pictures and a travel diary on your class blog or Edmodo class group.
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This is a great tool to explore the world. Melissa, , Grades: 0 - 5
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Great resource! Lacey, , Grades: 0 - 5

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George Washington's Mount Vernon - Mount Vernon

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6 to 12
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Take a virtual tour of Mount Vernon, the home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. Beautifully executed, and packed with special features, the tour is billed...more
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Take a virtual tour of Mount Vernon, the home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. Beautifully executed, and packed with special features, the tour is billed as the "second best way to visit Mount Vernon," and doesn't disappoint. Be sure and watch the tutorial so you don't miss any of the many tips and tricks to get the most out of your virtual tour.

tag(s): 1700s (34), presidents (116), virginia (12), virtual field trips (65)

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Ideal for use on an interactive whiteboard or for students to access individually, this virtual tour has many features. You can explore the buildings, zoom in on items in the buildings, access stories and discussions that highlight features of the property and the daily lives of those who lived at Mount Vernon. Enhance learning by having students share their impressions of and questions about Mount Vernon and more with video, using a tool like FlipGrid, reviewed here. FlipGrid provides a means for video responses to a question along with comments from peers. There are additional links to lesson plans and other student resources.

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Google Maps Treks - Google

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K to 12
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Never leave your easy chair as you journey beyond the road to faraway places using Google Maps Treks! Choose Gombe National Park, Pyramids of Giza, Angkor Wat, Colorado River, or ...more
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Never leave your easy chair as you journey beyond the road to faraway places using Google Maps Treks! Choose Gombe National Park, Pyramids of Giza, Angkor Wat, Colorado River, or the polar bears at Churchill. Tour Taj Mahal, Venice, Galapagos Islands, Eiffel Tower, Mt. Fuji, Everest, Great Barrier Reef, the Amazon Basin, and more. Click on the option and then click the open in Maps or Views button. On maps with multiple placemarks, click the placemark to view information about the location, and then click the title to go to the map. Choose from a variety of images taken at various locations found along the bottom. Some images are photospheres and can be manipulated using the sphere icon along the bottom right. Use the arrows in the sphere to rotate the image, giving a panoramic view of the location as you click. Use the familiar Google map tools to zoom in and out. Some Treks offer short videos that are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): cultures (97), environment (218), images (254), maps (217), photography (130), virtual field trips (65)

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If you teach geography, this one is a must. It is also helpful for showing students WHERE a story or news event takes place. View these different places whether your content includes history, geography, literature, science, languages, and more. View places discussed in class, or in stories. Look at different cultural areas or environments in the world. Choose a trek as an inspiration for further research about the area, the inspiration for a student created poem or short story, artistic work, and many other projects. Encourage student groups to choose one of the places on this site to present to the class, highlighting various economic, recreational, historical, and cultural factors at each place. You may want students to use a tool such as Knoema, reviewed here, or Data - The World Bank, reviewed here, to make sure students get accurate information. Use this as a class "Where I visited in Google Maps" project! As students ask questions about the various places, encourage discovery in finding the answers together.

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Can't wait to use this after the Lit Trip session. Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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Statue of Liberty Virtual Tour - National Park Service

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K to 12
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Can't take a field trip to NYC? Visit the Statue of Liberty virtually! View the virtual tour, multimedia presentations, live web cam, and photo gallery for Lady Liberty. The history...more
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Can't take a field trip to NYC? Visit the Statue of Liberty virtually! View the virtual tour, multimedia presentations, live web cam, and photo gallery for Lady Liberty. The history of the Statue of Liberty is accompanied by information on the Junior Ranger program for kids. There are also lesson plans and activity ideas for teachers. See the site for specific instructions on how to use this interactive.

tag(s): american revolution (73), art history (73), landmarks (18), virtual field trips (65)

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In the age of shrinking opportunities for field trips, jump right in! Find suggested lesson plans by going to the Teachers area and clicking on Celebrate a Symbol. Find out about the partnership between the United States and France and how they collaborated together. Explore partnerships between countries. Add this amazing piece of art into a unit about American Revolution and determine its significance.
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Machu Picchu Virtual Tour - CUSCO

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8 to 12
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Experience Machu Picchu with this 360 degree virtual tour. Begin with a short introduction to the history of Machu Picchu. Tour the 32 different vantage points (interactive 360 degree...more
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Experience Machu Picchu with this 360 degree virtual tour. Begin with a short introduction to the history of Machu Picchu. Tour the 32 different vantage points (interactive 360 degree images) to enjoy your tour. Explore incredible panoramic views from different angles such as the subterranean path all the way up to the highest point of the Citadel. Control the screen on your own to move images up, down, and in different directions. Click to allow the view to rotate on its own. You will feel like you are really there! There is a VR tour available for headmounted devices. This review is for the 360 degree virtual tour only.

tag(s): architecture (65), explorers (59), peru (6), south america (37), virtual field trips (65)

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Include this Machu Picchu Virtual Tour with your study of South America, Incas, or early explorers. Take a virtual field trip to this historic site from the comfort of your classroom. Replace paper journals by asking students to write blog entries about the questions and impressions as they view the tour. Use a blogging tool such as Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. Enhance learning by having students use Fakebook, reviewed here, to create a "fake" page similar in style to Facebook about one of the earlier settlers of Machu Picchu.

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360Cities - 360 Cities s.r.o.

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K to 12
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The 360Cities panoramas are a new way to showcase places, businesses, and events from around the world. Looking for a new virtual field trip? 360Cities will have your students spinning...more
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The 360Cities panoramas are a new way to showcase places, businesses, and events from around the world. Looking for a new virtual field trip? 360Cities will have your students spinning in circles with excitement. The pictures are out of this world! View 360 degree panoramic pictures from Mars or under the sea. Travel to snowy mountain tops and many more of the Internet's largest collection of uploaded panoramic images. 360Cities panoramic aerial shots are also available as well as navigable views of cities, natural landscapes, and more. The most popular panoramic pictures are listed for your convenience. This website has panoramic views of all Seven Wonders of the World, which include the Colosseum in Rome, The Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, The Taj Mahal in India, Machu Picchu in Peru, Christ Redeemer in Rio, and Chichen Itza in Mexico. Are you looking for a site to showcase your own panoramic shots or do you want to learn how to take panoramic shots? 360Cities "how to" section offers tools to create and upload your own panoramic pictures. View the existing pictures for free or use an email address to create a free account to upload your own panoramic pictures. Paid upgrades are available. 360Cities also has an app for iOS devices. View the 360Cities blog linked on the site for more information.
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tag(s): images (254), landforms (37), landmarks (18), virtual field trips (65)

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The 360Cities panoramic pictures provide a vivid visual experience to enhance any lesson. Students can search and view the panoramic setting of a reading passage or novel. Need to paint a picture for students about a historical topic? View the image on 360Cities. Activate schema with these vivid images. Bring Science to life as you explore the many natural wonders of our world and even space. Explore these exciting worlds through the panoramic pictures. Visit businesses and famous landmarks around the world for a free virtual tour. Looking for creative writing prompts? Use the images for poems or story starters. Teaching geometry? Have students locate geometric figures in the pictures. Provide students an image and challenge them to create a virtual tour as they explore the image. Use web 2.0 tools or the students' artistic talents to create travel brochures for the panoramic pictures. Record the tours as a screencast or present orally. Use the "how-to" section to have your students create their own panoramic pictures. Take a panoramic shot of your classroom to post on your website or blog. Use DSLR cameras or cell phones to create your panoramic pictures.

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Virtual Field Trips Station - Dickinson College - Jeff Mummert

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Take a virtual field trip of Underground Railroad sites using this collection. Embark on Google Earth tours of underground landmarks, important sites visited by Harriet Tubman and John...more
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Take a virtual field trip of Underground Railroad sites using this collection. Embark on Google Earth tours of underground landmarks, important sites visited by Harriet Tubman and John Brown, and the site of the Lincoln/Douglas debates. View 3 dimensional models of Harpers Ferry, Lancaster and York, or view image galleries of Harpers Ferry. Each section contains descriptions of how to use the information. New users of Google Earth tours or models can get tips on using the links contained in the site. Some files require Quicktime or Windows Media for full viewing.

tag(s): civil rights (149), civil war (125), underground railroad (7), virtual field trips (65)

In the Classroom

View field trip resources on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) during your Civil War or Civil Rights units. Use this site to demonstrate Google Earth tours and Google Sketchup (used to create 3 dimensional models of buildings). Challenge students to create their own model or tour of any place discussed in class. For more information about Google Earth see our full review (here). Likewise, if you want to learn more about Google Sketchup see our full review (here).

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The White House Tour - Google Maps

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This White House tour uses Google Maps street view tools to "tour" the inside of America's home. Use the circle tool in the upper left corner to rotate around the ...more
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This White House tour uses Google Maps street view tools to "tour" the inside of America's home. Use the circle tool in the upper left corner to rotate around the room, and click on objects to get a closer view.

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Take your students on a virtual field trip! This is a great way for kids to "visit" the White House. Include it during inauguration week or any time you are studying U.S. government. Show the website using a projector, and have students write a tour script or a tale of something that might happen in the White House. Younger students might want to write a story from the President's dog's (or other pet's) point of view! Before using the site, you should familiarize yourself with how to use the Google Maps street view tools to navigate through the house. Better yet, have a student operate the tour on the whiteboard or projector.

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