Learning by Doing
There is a special kind of learning that occurs when children get to experience a topic rather than just study it. Their eyes light up, their minds engage, and their spirits soar. Using multiple senses make lasting impressions and pique curiosity. If you want to keep learning fresh, you need to change up how it is done from time to time. The age old concept of field trips meets the new virtual world to create a learning platform like never before.
The Field Trip that Comes to You
Think back to third grade. Whether it was five years or thirty-five years ago, you probably remember your annual field trip. It was the pinnacle of excitement for the year.
With rising costs, budget cuts, and greater demands on classroom time, fitting in a field trip has become more difficult over the years. The sheer price of transportation is often more than can be reasonably met by the school and individual students.
What if you are studying the far away lands of Africa or Australia from your Illinois classroom? Sure it would be great to experience these lands first hand, but what principal is going to approve that trip? Could you even imagine the fundraising it would require? How does that permission slip work?
Virtual field trips open doors to every teacher in every location! Now, students in Paris can visit the Smithsonian in an afternoon. A fourth grade class in Massachusetts can sail around the world and still make it to baseball practice and dinner. The experience comes right to your locations with the touch of a fingertip!
Come back next week as we explain how to conduct a Virtual Field Trip!
For your consideration – If you could take a field trip anywhere, where would you go? Why?