Archive for the ‘Virtual Field Trip’ category

Christmas – 360° Virtual Tour Panoramas

December 12th, 2014


It’s Friday, December 12, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Panoramic Earth – Christmas


Age Range: All (All grades, children with parental supervision)


If the beauty of Christmas lights makes you smile, then you will enjoy this week’s virtual tour. Part of the larger Panoramic Earth website, this page offers visitors the opportunity to visit locations in Canada and England and their past light displays.
  • Locations available include: 
  • Butchart Gardens – Vancouver, Canada, 2012
  • Regent Street – London, England, 2011
  • Oxford Circus – London, England, 2011
  • South Molton Street – London, England, 2009
  • Hyde Park – London – England, 2009
  • Oxford Street – London, England, 2009
Select the panorama you would like to see by either clicking the image or the name. When the page loads, there is information from the photographer about the image and other information about location. Click the play button on the image. When the image loads you can navigate the smaller image using the tool icons in the image. Select the icon with the 4-arrows pointing in all directions to open the image to full screen. You may use your mouse to move around the image or the tool icons in the image. Click your escape button on your keyboard to return to page. Use your back arrow to return to the list of tours.

It is interesting to see how other places decorate for the holidays and these tours give visitors an idea how Canada and England decorate.

25 Canadian Virtual Farm Tours

November 28th, 2014


It’s Friday, November 28, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Canadian Virtual Farm Tours


Age Range: All (All grades, children with parental supervision)


This is a super fabulous website with 25 different farm tours from which to choose.
When arriving at this site, use the navigation arrows on the right and the left to see all the different types of tours available. Tours include:
  • Egg Farms – Explore 5 different types of egg farms: conventional, free run, free range, aviary, and enriched colony egg farms.
  • Vegetable Farm – Visit Birkbank Farms in Ontario, a vegetable and fruit farm and market.
  • Ratite Farms – A ratite is a flightless bird that includes ostriches, emus and rheas. Check out how these birds are raised commercially.
  • Chicken Farm – An Ontario chicken farm
  • Turkey Farm – A Canadian turkey farm
  • Dairy Cow Farms – Gain an understanding of a tie-stall dairy farm and a free stall dairy farm.
  • Beef Cattle Farms – Learn about a beef feedlot farm and a cow/calf farm.
  • Veal Farms – Visit a grain fed veal farm and a milk fed veal farm.
  • Goat Farms – Discover the difference between market goats and dairy goats.
  • Greenhouse Vegetable Farm – Tour Pyramid Farms, an Ontario greenhouse that currently grows tomatoes.
  • Fruit Orchard – Drop in on Cherry Lane, an Ontario fruit farm where they grow cherries, peaches and pears.
  • Pig Farms – Explore the characteristics of farrowing hog farm and a market hog farm (also known as a grower-finisher farm).
  • Grain Farm – Pay a call on an Ontario grain farm that grows wheat, corn and soybeans.
  • Sheep Farm – Learn all about sheep farming.
  • Deer and Elk Farms – Check out these two unique farms for white-tailed deer and elk.
Once you have selected a farm, click the “hot spots” indicated by blue question marks on the images to open that area of the farm. Once the next page opens you can click and drag your mouse around the image to explore the area. Find magnifying glass hot spots that when clicked will take you to an informative page explaining some aspect of the farm. Use the “Back” button on the page to return to your location. All of the tours include “Family Videos” which provide family stories, farm and farming information, and more. The “Farm Dictionary” supplies vocabulary pertaining to the particular farm. The “Farm Tour Quick Links” provides a linked index of the farm tour. Click the “Sound” button to hear farm sounds.

This website will quickly become a favorite as there is so much to see and learn about farming.

All Aboard! A Virtual Railroad

November 21st, 2014


It’s Friday, November 21, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Strasburg Rail Road


Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)


Climb aboard for a virtual exploration of the Strasburg Rail Road in Pennsylvania.
Through the use of 360° panoramas, explore the following:
  • Coach Car
  • First Class Parlor Car
  • President’s Car Dining Room
  • President’s Car Observation Lounge
  • Station Platform East
  • Switch Tower
  • Mechanical Shop
  • Groff’s Grove
After you have finished with the tours, continue your adventure by selecting “Videos” on the sidebar. You will be treated to more sights and sounds of the railroad as well as be able to watch promotional videos, including a Day out with Thomas™. Select the “About” and “History” links to learn more about the Strasburg Rail Road.

Trains hold a fascination for kids of all ages and this virtual tour will get the whistles blowing in your child’s imagination.

UCLA Medical Center Virtual Tours

November 14th, 2014


It’s Friday, November 14, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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UCLA Medical Center


Age Range: 5-Adult (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)


Hospitals can be scary places especially for young children. These virtual tours of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and the UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica may help prepare children for what to expect in the event that they someday need to visit a hospital.
When arriving at the link above, select which tour you would like to view and a window will open. When viewing the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center tour, touch and drag to move around the 360° image or allow the program to take you around. You may turn the auto rotate feature on or off by selecting the gear icon in the upper left of the screen. You may navigate through the slides by selecting the icon in the lower left corner of the screen. Click the “I” in the upper right for information about the slide you are viewing. Locations include:
  • Front Exterior
  • Main Lobby
  • Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA
  • Garden of Peace
  • Nursing Station
  • ICU
  • Typical Patient Room/Maternity
  • Labor & Delivery
  • An Operating Room
  • Maddie’s Room
  • Pediatrics Room
  • Child Life Playroom
  • Child Life Teenroom

The UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica tour is accompanied by an audio guide which also can be turned on or off by selecting the gear icon in the upper left. You may also touch and drag to move around the 360° image. In the images there are blue U’s that are linked to videos, image galleries, and other information text and pages. Available tour locations include:

  • Main Entrance
  • Harman Garden Plaza
  • Lobby
  • Emergency Room
  • Adult Patient Room
  • Pediatrics Patient Room
  • Pediatrics Playroom
  • Orthopaedic Institute
  • The BirthPlace – LDR (Labor, Delivery & Recovery)
  • The BirthPlace – Postpartum Room
  • ICU
  • Nurses Station
  • Operating Room

These easy to navigate tours give visitors a general idea of what a hospital might look like and perhaps make the thought of visiting one in life a little less frightening for youngsters.

Head under the Sea to Visit a Kelp Forest

November 7th, 2014


It’s Friday, November 7, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Monterey Bay


Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)


At this site you can take a virtual dive in a DeepWorker submersible into the animated kelp beds of Monterey Bay, California, to learn all about the Bay’s native species!
When you get to the site read the welcome message that explains the features offered at the site. Then click on “Kelp Forest” on the menu. A screen pops up and you may choose to take the “Full Version” dive with sound and animation or the “Light Version” without the bells and whistles. Kids will really enjoy this quick tour of the Kelp Forest.
When you surface from your dive, click on “Gallery” on the menu and explore through text and stunning photographs the seaweeds, invertebrates, fish, birds, and mammals that live in the bay.
This is a fun and educational trip the whole family will enjoy!

Find your Way through a Virtual Corn Maze

October 31st, 2014


It’s October 31, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Edmonton Corn Maze


Age Range: All (All grades; children, with parental supervision).


Try your hand at navigating this huge corn maze from 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada using Google Street View.
When arriving at the link above, use your mouse to hover over the map to find directional arrows along the path and click to move. Look for x’s in the paths to help yourself move along. You may also click and drag the image to help find the x’s, but be careful. You can easily find yourself among the corn stalks. But no worries! Simply hover your mouse around the page or click and drag until you see another arrow, then click. You can use the “Rotate the view” tool in the lower left corner to find a different direction to look around and can zoom in and out of the image using the “Zoom” tool. You may find yourself lost in giggles navigating through this maze as you hit dead ends and try to find your way out. Loads of fun for the whole family.