There is Big World Out There – Virtual Field Trips

Our Wordless Wednesday picture this week demonstrated hands holding up a world.  When I saw the image it made me ask the question, “How do we bring the world to our children?”. Growing up attending a small town elementary school, I remember loading up on the cheese wagon (i.e. school bus) to go to a local farmers market for a field trip to learn about local produce and agriculture. These days children are able to gather around a large screen and experience a virtual field trip to China to learn about their local food and agriculture.  My, how times have changed!

I am thrilled to know that my children are growing up in a world where they have access to learn about other cultures and communities without ever getting on a plane.  Below is a list of sites that provide virtual field trips.  They include many different types of experiences.  So, if you are looking for a class getaway on a strict budget or simply want to escape to an art gallery from the comfort of your desk, check out the sites!  Enjoy and happy trails to you!

http://www.theteachersguide.com/virtualtours.html

http://www.uen.org/tours/

http://www.field-trips.org/trips.htm

http://www.vickiblackwell.com/vft.html