With today’s technology, it is easy to energize the learning environment by providing students with authentic opportunities to see places and meet people previously unimaginable via virtual field trips. This year, students in our district have visited the White House, taken a whirlwind tour of national landmarks, and even explored the regions of the great state of Texas all without leaving the classroom, but from the ooh’s and aah’s heard throughout each experience, you would have thought that the students were really there!
When I started playing around with the idea of virtual field trips, I found several great resources with trips already designed, but none which actually met the state standards by grade level for which I am responsible. I decided to create a custom trip, so that I could take students on a deeper dive in some areas and provide opportunities for student reflection. After evaluating several platform options for hosting trips, I found that I could design exactly what I wanted with ClassFlow. This FREE platform allowed for 360° images and video, included interactive polls so that I could gather real-time feedback, and even had a tool for annotations by students! (We have used the drawing option for highlighting images and collecting students’ favorite features in the trip. Love!!!) Truly, the sky is the limit on the places that you can go and the ways in which you can use this tool to enhance students understanding.
So, how do you create a virtual field trip with ClassFlow? See complete instructions in my guest post on the ClassFlow blog.