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Increase background knowledge by taking your students on virtual field trips

Have you ever explored virtual field trips with your students?  I remember watching my students take a virtual trip to Pompeii after reading about it and watching their mouths drop at what they saw.  They can be powerful!

Picture of Mount Vesuvius

10 reasons you should consider using them

  • Take students halfway around the world without leaving your classroom
  • They're engaging and informative
  • There are tons of wonderful ones
  • Build important background knowledge before studying a concept or place
  • Deepen understanding at the end of a unit
  • Bridge gaps in student learning
  • Great for visual learners
  • Resources like graphic organizers or questions help students process information deeply
  • They help students retain information
  • And, they're a great resource for a substitute on days when you need to be out of the classroom
Helpful resources
In a blog post about distance learning, I included a number of good sites that you could use to create virtual field trips.  Check it out!

Cover of a digital writing prompts product that links students to virtual field trips
Let your students explore a number of sites and then write a short response.  Click here for more information.

My friend Ginny has two fun WebQuests your students can do for virtual field trips to the La Brea Tar Pits in California and to Mount Vernon in Virginia.  Click on them for more details!

Cover of a virtual field trip with a WebQuest search to La Brea Tar Pits

Cover of a WebQuest virtual field trip to Mount Vernon

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