Hi! It’s Friday, August 27, 2010 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!
Statue of Liberty eTour
Age Range: 8 and up (approximately, non-readers will need assistance)
This website offers a free virtual tour of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. As explained at the website, it was a gift to the people of the United States from France, and “commemorates the ideals of freedom, democracy, and opportunity.”
Turn on your speakers and head to the website. There’s a brief audio/video introduction. Then, a page opens where you can read instructions that will help you navigate the site that includes historical information, descriptions of the symbolism included in the design, and stories and comments shared by park rangers.
You’ll see a screen with a photograph of the statue. If you click the arrows underneath it, you can take the tour as designed. Notice that the text below the picture changes with each frame, describing what you see. And you’ll see a map of the island with a red dot indicating where you are on the tour.
As you advance through the tour, keep an eye on the menu bar in black directly below the picture screen. It will display tiny icons (of a video camera or head phones, for example). If you click on them you can watch videos and/or listen to narratives that describe what you are viewing. The video icon allows you to see and hear park rangers’ stories and comments as well. Don’t miss clicking on the icon that enables you to see a 360 degree panoramic view of the Statue of Liberty – the photography is beautiful!