Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Internet Explorers: Virtual Field Trips Are More Than Just Money Savers

Leave it to George Lucas, of Star Wars fame, but he has created the George Lucas Educational Foundation whose vision is of a new world of learning. "A place where kids and parents, teachers and administrators, policy makers and the people they serve, all are empowered to change education for the better. A place where schools have access to the same invaluable technology as businesses and universities -- where innovation is the rule, not the exception. A place where children become lifelong learners and develop the technical, cultural, and interpersonal skills to succeed in the twenty-first century. A place of inspiration, aspiration, and an urgent belief that improving education improves the world we live in."

"We call this place Edutopia. And we provide not just the vision for this new world of learning but also the leading-edge interactive tools and resources to help make it a reality."

Edutopia has an article entitled: Internet Explorers: Virtual Field Trips Are More Than Just Money Savers. "Now, at last, technology is catching up to virtual field trips' possibilities. A new generation of trips is merging highly interactive Web sites with engaging storytelling, vibrant art, and curricula tied to national standards, creating a compelling way to explore the natural world without leaving campus."

Here are Edutopia's top four picks -- and you can't beat the admission price: free.
Blue Zones Quest
Windows into Wonderland
National Geographic: Lewis & Clark

Read the entire article, Internet Explorers: Virtual Field Trips Are More Than Just Money Savers, and find out Edutopia's reviews on each of these websites. They also have a follow-up article called, How To: Make the Most of Virtual Field Trips.

Check it out and may the force be with you.... ok, I couldn't resist. JT

1 comment:

  1. I visited the site and it had a lot of interesting information. I just wonder how many teachers actually integrate these resources into their classroom. Do teachers use this in their classroom, and if not, why?


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