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Tip of the Week: Online museums

Last week, Learning Never Stops posted a great article about a variety of online museums. You need to add over and check out the entire list. Some of their suggestions are history / social studies related and you’ll want to be sure to read their reviews of the following suggestions:

But there are other online museums out there that are super handy for classroom use. So today . . . a quick list of places you can visit for great resources to incorporate into your instruction:

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5 Days of Helpful Tools: Day 2 – Virtual Field Trips

It’s Day Two of Helpful Tools week. Maybe not as cool a name for a week as Shark Week (which is awesome) but still pretty darn handy.

I recently received an email from the Williamsburg people offering a free month of access to their very cool Gift to the Nation virtual field trip series.

Revolving around the bitter contest of 1800 between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the electronic field trip is entitled “The Will of the People” and shows that smear tactics aren’t particular to the modern era.

“The Will of the People” is an immersion for both teachers and students in authentic historical content – teachers are provided with multi-disciplinary lesson plans, teacher activities and program scripts while students can take part in history with interactive resources and web activities. The program is available at no cost from Sept. 1-Sept. 30 with online registration.

But Williamsburg is not the only place out there offering electronic / virtual field trips. Tons of places offer free online tours. So here ya go.


I’m thinking primary sources.

15 Awesome Interactive Virtual Field Trips

When you just can’t scrape together enough cash for the bus and kids won’t bring back their permission slips.

In no particular order:

Pompeii, Italy. Explore the ruins of this famous Italian city.

Colonial Williamsburg. Get a street overview of colonial Williamsburg, then click on certain features to learn more about each of them.

Vatican. Take a tour of the grounds and the cathedral at the Vatican.

US Capitol Virtual Tour. Tour the United States Capitol building here.

Supreme Court Tour. Select a room, including select justices’ chambers, and get a 360 view of each.

Stonehenge. Google Maps presents this virtual tour of Stonehenge.

Berlin. Visit some of the magnificent churches in Berlin, but don’t forget to see the Berlin Wall, too.

Palace of Versailles. Go to France with Google Maps to take a tour of this famous French palace.

Pisa. Look from the top as well as take a peek inside this famous leaning tower.

Mount Vernon Virtual Mansion Tour. View the estates and gardens of George Washington on this tour.

Cathedrals 3D Tour. View famous cathedrals all over the world.

Castles and Palaces 3D Tour. Take a look at the stunning beauty of castles and palaces around the world.

National Registry of History Places. Take a look at the historic places included on the National Registry.

United States Capitol Buildings. How else could you tour all the capitol buildings in one day?

Rome Colosseum. If Rome is too far off your travel map, visit virtually to see the famed Colosseum.

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