“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” By St. Augustine
I was recently came across this amazing Google Site called GoogleTreks – taking virtual field trip and learning to a whole new place. (GoogleTreks™ is not affiliated with or endorsed by Google® or any of its companies. Google® is a registered trademark.) GoogleTreks was created by Dr. Alice Christie who is a Google Certified Teacher and has taught in the classroom for 25 years. Dr. Christie used the formula of web tools + Google Maps = GoogleTrek. Here is an example of GoogleTreks she created about the History of GoogleTreks.
GoogleTreks are engaging lessons that can work on any device which makes for great activities for Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) or technology rich classrooms. The lessons also have the students using their 21st century skills of creating, collaborating, communicating and critically thinking while also aligned to Common Core Standards. You can easily differentiate these lessons and make them accessible using QR Codes. You could also have the students create their own to show mastery of content. Check out some of these great ones below:
How Does Global Warming Affect Human Health?
5.G.4. Classify two-dimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties
Want to make your own GoogleTrek? Use this tutorial and create your own, it walks you through the steps. Then you can submit them here for others or you can have it saved in your google account. If you chose to submit, all GoogleTreks are scored based on a rubric so you know you are getting quality lessons.
Other Google Trek Resources:
Google Treks gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Maps’ most awe-inspiring Views
Google Trek – Street View
Trek the world with Google Maps
INTERNET EXPLORER: Take a virtual field trip with Google Treks
I would love to hear how you have used GoogleTrek or plan on using it if you are not already!
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” by Henry Miller
I often get asked what do I prefer to ‘use’ for Virtual Field Trips. Below are my top five favorite virtual field trip websites and five apps. The advantage of virtual field trips are they are free, a way to integrate technology into the curriculum and less time-consuming than a real field trip. A misconception is that virtual field trips have to take a long time but they don’t have too. I love doing virtual field trips to get students excited about a book or to end a unit. Virtual field trips are also an excellent way for your classroom to become globally aware.
Top 5 websites for Virtual Field trips:
1. Le Louvre – Visit lots of museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries
2. Panoramas of the world – 7 wonders
4. Global Trek
5. Ellis Island
Top 5 Apps for Virtual Field trips:
1. Sphere (TourWrist) 360 Degree Panorama Photography
2. Barefoot Atlas (Free right now, usually $4.99)
3. Google Earth and Google Maps
4. World Explorer
Other great virtual field-trip resources:
Livebinder on Virtual Field Trips
Simple K12: Virtual Field Trips
Pinterest Board on Virtual Field Trips
How to Plan a Virtual Field trip
Virtual Field Trip to the Moon blog post
I would love to know if you have a favorite Virtual Field Trip App, site. or activity. Please share it in the comments section so we can learn from each other.