Virtual Field trips
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In the era of test, test, test, physical field trips are often denied or discouraged. Virtual tours are a useful way to engage students and give them a worthwhile meaningful experience. They can visit places where they may never have dreamed of going before all without leaving the classroom.
Virtual tours also focus on utilizing technology in the classroom and familiarizing students with the educational possibilities and resources on the internet. Connecting the information you have taught with the place where it happened brings the event to life for the students, it becomes real!
Virtual Field Trip: A virtual tour is a “virtual reality simulation of an existing location, usually comprising 2D panoramic images, a sequence of hyperlinked still or video images, and/or image-based models of the real location.”
Google Earth is one great way to take a virtual field trip. If you need to install Google Earth on your computer click here for a quick free download. Then try some of the example Google Earth Field trips below or add your own.
Here are some great websites that include virtual tours. Don't just use mine, wiki away and add your own favorite sites!
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How do you use Backchanneling in the classroom?
I use backchanneling to facilitate discussion while we watch videos. I have found that students are more engaged when they are watching, discussing, asking, and answering questions all at the same time. Long gone are monitoring students sleeping, passing notes, or distracting others. On the backchannel they are all engaged learners, some providing more insight or better questions than others, but all learning.
Share your backchanneling stories/ideas below.
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As I began to explore itsLearning from both the teacher & admin perspective I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of access, levels of control, & organized help. As a teacher there were several features that immediately caught my eye for classroom use including video conferencing, the ePortfolios, & the student email accounts. As an LMS administrator features like Hierarchy Management, user & profile policies, multiple interface skins, the syncing of parent/student accounts, & the install service & support were big plusses.
With itsLearning one of the great advantages are the multiple interface skins they provide including one for Early Learners. Teachers create content using the same format, but it is facilitated to the students through the appropriate skin as seen below. (What grade levels we use each skin for is in the () below)
High School Skin (7-12)