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15 virtual field trips, online museums, and other assorted digital goodness

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I spent a great day yesterday with about 300 social studies teachers chatting about all sorts of strategies that can engage learners. One of the things we discussed was the use Google Cardboard and virtual reality. Cardboard is a great way to explore all sorts of places around the world.

But part of our conversation, especially with elementary teachers, was that Cardboard requires a smart phone. For most grade school classrooms, cell phones will be difficult. And it’s not just elementary teachers that might struggle getting Cardboards and devices. Middle and high school teachers shared concerns about equity and access.

An alternative would be to focus on other types of virtual field trips. So today? A few suggestions:



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  1. Nice blog post, Glenn. Timely for me, as our Head of IT just did a workshop at our school last week on doing virtual field trips. I started creating a document after that workshop where I vetted links that could help support my grade 6 ancient civ class. It’s certainly a work in progress, but I am sharing it for you and your readers to see in case it helps someone. If someone has suggestions for my course content, email me:

    Thanks. I truly enjoy your blog.


    March 14, 2016
    • glennw #


      Great to hear from you from wonderful India! Thanks for sharing your list – appreciate it. Will need to spend some time digging through the links!


      March 14, 2016
  2. Lisa Scott #

    A new teacher I work with says his students really liked exploring Machu Picchu in this site: He said it was a bit less dizzying than the Google Expedition with Cardboard (which his school was lucky enough to score!). Especially after lunch…


    March 14, 2016
    • glennw #


      Thanks for the link! Looks great – I will plan on sharing it with others. (Munchi Picchu is my go-to VR site, it’s such a cool place!)

      Have a great week!


      March 14, 2016

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