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Go Beyond your Virtual Classroom: The Value of Virtual Field Trips

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Thursday, December 3, 1:30–2:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Jacqueline Benitez  
Jasmin Poor  

Learn how Synchronous Virtual Field Trips can enhance student-learning and preserve instructional time. Topics include: safety concerns, cost, and minimizing instructional time lost. Synchronous Virtual field trips provide authentic experiences while addressing content standards and can support learners’ needs without leaving the comfort of your school or their home.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Social studies, Science
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences addressing content standards and student technology standards.
For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will
1. Understand the value of virtual field trips compared to traditional field trips
-decreased loss of instructional time
-fewer safety concerns
-typically more cost-effective
-no transportation concerns
2. Learn about all of the opportunities for both paid and free programs available to help meet their instructional standards
3. Explore solutions for possible barriers for their school's attending virtual field trips.

Supporting research

Cole, C, Ray, K. and Zanetis, J. (2009) Videoconferencing for K-12 Classrooms: A Program Development Guide, 2nd Edition, ISTE.

Greenberg, A. and Zanetis, J. (2012) “The Impact of Broadcast and Streaming Video on Education, “Cisco.

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Jacqueline Benitez, California Academy of Sciences
Jasmin Poor, Roper Mountain Science Center

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