Virtual Field Trip Apps and WebsitesField trips are informal learning experiences that get students out into the world, exploring the world and students' interests. Trips to museums, parks, historical sites, and more show students that learning (and life) happens outside the classroom, too. During field trips, students discover new things and learn in authentic environments, placing classroom content into new contexts. Unfortunately, for many schools and students, field trips are rare (if they happen at all). Thankfully, there are great games, apps, and websites that can bring places and experiences fostered by field trips to the classroom. While not an outright replacement, these field trip tools can offer inspiring and intriguing experiences for students.
Print listVirtual Reality Experiences
NearpodInteractive slide show tool engages students and promotes collaboration
Fire up the warp drive to bring VR field trips to your classroom
Google Views Spinning panoramas mesmerize viewers, play well with other Google apps
Discovery VRImmersive videos let students enter the magical world of VR
Google Earth VR
Explore the world with an incredible new perspective and sense of scale
Bottom line: An amazing experience that brings the world to life, despite the heavy investment in VR required.
NYT VR - Virtual Reality Stories from the NYTimesImmersive 360-degree videos take users inside the headlines
Detour - Immersive Audio Walking Tours
Great location-based history but presents implementation challenges
Bring real-world stories from public radio into the classroom
From the everyday to the extraordinary, personal interviews get kids listening
Global Oneness ProjectDynamic multimedia resources explore life experiences around the world
Bottom line: Unique approach to incorporating global issues into the curriculum; monthly stories capture interdisciplinary topics.
NPR: BorderlandIlluminating, up-close-and-personal visit to the U.S.-Mexico border
Bottom line: As a truly unique resource that's worth using, teachers will need to create lessons that scaffold students' understanding of the complex issues found within.
Online MuseumsAsian Art MuseumInventive lessons and activities integrate Asian history, art, and more
Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science
First-class site for science games and investigations
National Museum of African American History and CulturePowerful stories and media centralize African-American history
MoMA Art LabInteractive projects, cool prompts, and famous works inspire creation
Apprentice Architect: Foundation Louis Vuitton
Examine an architectural masterpiece from the comfort of the classroom
National Geographic EducationExplore the fascinating, wide world with multimedia resources
National ArchivesAccess U.S. history with treasure trove of docs, genealogy, and other resources
Ford's TheatreOnline museum offers exhibits, resources on Abraham Lincoln, Civil War
Google Arts & Culture
Excellent curation and an unmatched art collection invites exploration
Science experiments and activities abound in this comprehensive resource
Museum companion can stand alone as a modern art resource
Media museum's site mixes history and civics, teaches about journalism
Bottom line: An effective summary and introduction to the media; more exercises and tools to help budding young journalists would make the site even more noteworthy.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Extensive resource collection supports teaching about the Holocaust
National WWII Museum
High-quality resources and activities offer an in-depth study
NOVACompelling science videos have high-quality classroom applications
California Academy of Sciences
Expert research and diverse, rich lessons inspire future scientists
Cool geographical exploration tool has endless classroom applications
Bottom line: Google Earth offers less functionality than the PC version but still thrills.
OddizziKids travel the world, cultivate global curiosity and responsibility
Digital scavenger hunts provide dynamic, fresh learning experiences
Google Lit Trips
Free virtual sightseeing tours let kids explore literary settings
Cool tool uses maps to create fun projects, could use some updating
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