One question I've heard quite a bit is how to go about effectively teaching social studies with remote or blended learning. If you have just a textbook or use mostly print resources, you may need to revamp some of your lessons for virtual learning. That's where VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS comes in!
New to Virtual Field Trips?
A virtual field trip is an interactive way for students to learn and explore places and geographic features of the world. The cool thing is that if done right, a virtual field trip provides an opportunity for students to take ownership of their learning, includes cross-curricular subjects, as well as critical thinking. A virtual field trip is more than just an online website or video cam. Students are provided an opportunity to dig deeper into the content.
If you are new to virtual field trips, you're in luck! I'd love to give you access to my Ancient Egypt Virtual Field Trip. This VFT explores the Valley of the Kings where archaeologist Howard Carter uncovered King Tutankhamen's tomb!
The best part is the work is done!
This virtual field trip is completely set up and ready to go! I've designed this for Google Slides, so that you can assign to your students in Google Classroom. All of the instructions and links are built into this activity! Yay!!
This Virtual Field Trip includes informational text to build background knowledge and has built-in clickable links that take students inside and around the Valley of the Kings burial sites using the super cool features of Google Earth. As well, this virtual field trip includes a link to a short video from an archaeologist studying the tombs. This is a great way for students to hear from different voices and perspectives.
Before exploring each burial site, students will locate the specific tomb on the site map using the correct code. Students will drag and drop a star icon to pinpoint the location on the map.
Throughout this virtual trip, students will answer critical thinking questions. I have made all of these editable so that you can tailor the questions to better fit your student needs. These short answer questions are a great way to keep students accountable for their learning while providing an opportunity to use critical thinking skills. A grading rubric is also included for you.
What is Google Earth?
Let me just say this program is amazing! Teachers continually tell me that their students love exploring on Google Earth! This free program renders 3D representations of the Earth using satellite images. Your students will be able to view cities and landscapes up-close and personal from various angles through the technology of satellite images, aerial photography, and GIS data onto a 3D globe.
There are fantastic images and 360-degree views on Google Earth, but it can become overwhelming. I've taken the time to incorporate specific links to places that are most meaningful and have the best panoramic views for students.
Google Earth can be easily accessed on a desktop, tablet, or smartphone. If using a desktop, the main thing to remember is to use Chrome as the browser. If using a tablet or smartphone, download the free Google Earth app. All of the navigation features are accessible on both versions.
Ready to check it out? Here's your access to get started! If this doesn't quite fit your content topic, then maybe a virtual field trip to the National Parks, Regions of North America, or the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is more of what you're looking for.