Virtual Field Trips
Virtual Field Trips is a service of the Utah Educational Network. And what a wonderful service it is! The opening page very succinctly mentions its three features: Take a Field Trip—Visit Fun, Educational & Interesting Locations; Create a Field Trip – Teachers- Create, Add & Edit Your Own Field Trips; Visit Related Sites- Links to Other Virtual Field Trips Around the Web.
Each section is packed with useful information. Click on the Take a Field Trip section, then go to either the All icon or View by Theme icon to see all the field trips listed. The list is huge. Every major subject has at least one field trip associated with it. There’s even a separate section for teacher’s professional development. There is also an online tutorial section supplying a step by step how to instruction page on a number of activities and projects.
The Create a Field Trip section contains useful tips for using the site including a link to Kathy Schrock's Evaluation Tool. Unfortunately, a number of the links need to be updated.
A must see section is the Visit Related Sites sections. Check out the virtual tours of the solar system, the Whitehouse, caves, the CIA and Graceland. They are very informative and filled with photos and illustrations. The one link that you can’t miss is the Internet Education Projects: Virtual Tours. Here you’ll find links to The Virtual Tours of Museums and Exhibits Site which presents over 300 museums, exhibits and Points of Special Interest; a Virtual World Tours Index which presents over 100 city and country destinations and Virtual Tours of The US Government which presents everything you’d ever want to know about the US government.
This is a wonderful site with a wealth of resources. There is something here that will appeal to any student or teacher.