- Virtual field trips, such as the e-missions designed by the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University, are attracting the attention of schools in both urban and rural areas whose budgets or locations restrict travel options for students.
- A post at Getting Smart also recommends resources from the Global Nomads Group for video-conferencing and the VC Content Provider Database for virtual tours of zoos and museums.
- The write-up also addresses how educators can also use social media to facilitate class discussions and field questions.
From the article:
A small group of fearless fifth graders are sent to outer space to help NASA locate and rescue a lost spaceship orbiting one of the universe’s revolving planets. It’s a dangerous mission, but these young children are NASA’s only hope.
Collectively each team of astronauts, along with their trusty “specialists,” must put their heads together to decode messages, plot coordinates, and predict resources needed to survive and complete the mission in space—otherwise the lost spaceship (and its human cargo) will be lost forever. ...