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Creating Game Board-Style Virtual Field Trips

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Christina Curlett  
Learn how to create a virtual field trip in a game board style. These virtual trips can be used for distance learning or in-person learning whenever a trip out of the building is not practicable.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants should have a laptop (any kind) and a device with a green screen app, such as Green Screen by Do Ink or iMovie. Participants may create a free account on Deck Toys ahead of time if they wish.

Green Screen by Do Ink: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/green-screen-by-do-ink/id730091131
Deck Toys: https://deck.toys/

Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: PK-5
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this workshop, participants will learn how to create a game board-style virtual field trip. After experiencing a virtual field trip from the students' point of view, participants will be trained on how to use the free version of Deck Toys and existing media on the internet to create their own virtual field trips in this style. In addition, we will explore how to use Do Ink (or other green screen apps) to add some excitement to the field trip. Finally, participants will begin to construct their own virtual field trips for use with their classes. This virtual field trip format was used with great success at Johnson Elementary School in Cherry Hill, NJ when the first grade field trip to the Philadelphia Zoo was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students (and their siblings) were deeply engaged in the field trip and were able to discuss their learning and experiences after the trip.


- Participants will experience a virtual field trip from the students' point of view (20 min)
- Participants will receive hands-on instruction on how to select a "location" for the field trip, find media to integrate, design the "game board" in Deck Toys, add media and opportunities for student feedback, and create videos with Do Ink (or other green screen apps) to make the teacher appear to be at the physical location of the field trip. (40 min)
- Participants will then integrate the above knowledge to begin creating their own virtual field trip. (30 min)

Supporting research

Jan Guidry Lacina (2004) Technology in the Classroom: Designing a Virtual Field Trip, Childhood Education, 80:4, 221-222, DOI: 10.1080/00094056.2004.10522239

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Christina Curlett, Cherry Hill Public Schools

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