Archive for the ‘Virtual Field Trip’ category

Virtually Visit the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

March 27th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, March 27, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located next to the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro, California. The museum’s website offers a virtual tour of their exhibit hall that includes photographs and information about the many marine animals housed at the aquarium.
When you get to the site you can explore the exhibit areas that include: 
  • Kelp Forests – The richest habitat along the California rocky shores, kelp forests provide food and shelter to a large number of animals living on the shore and in the ocean.
  • Rocky Shores – a difficult place for critters to survive, with drying air at low tide and battering surf at high tide. Meet the animals that call this environment “home” including sea urchins, sea anemones, and sea hares.
  • Sandy Beaches & Mudflats – A few animals have adapted to living in this shifting, moving habitat including crabs and sand dollars. Meet them in this exhibit.
  • Open Ocean – Get to know some creatures that live in the deep sea including bizarre and beautiful fish – and sharks too!
This website provides an overview of the aquarium’s exhibits and is an educational treat all by itself. It’s also a great way to prepare kids for a trip to an aquarium or tide pools.

Campus Visit of the Fighting Irish

March 13th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, March 13, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Notre Dame Campus Tour

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Home of the “Fighting Irish” sports teams and alma mater to numerous well known athletes, politicians, television and movie personalities, astronauts, and many other professionals of distinction, the University of Notre Dame ranks among the “top 25 institutions of higher learning in surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Princeton Review, Time, Kiplinger’s, and Kaplan/Newsweek and others”.
At this website tour the prestigious university located in Indiana from your home.

When arriving at the link, read the brief introduction, then select the “Get Started” button in the middle of the image. You will be taken to a list of all the locations you can visit. Using the navigation tool bar, pinpoint destinations relating to: 

  • Academic
  • Athletic
  • Campus Favorites
  • Sacred Spaces
  • Residence Halls
  • Student Life
When arriving at your point of interest, you will find images and informational text about the location. Use the upper navigation to see more photos. Click on the photos to see larger views. Some locations have 360° panoramic images that visitors can use their mouse and keyboard plus and minus keys to explore. Some destinations include video presentations that provide interesting tours of the location. When you are done exploring a location, select the “All Tour Locations” button to return to the list of tours.

Finish up your campus tour by selecting the “Sights and Sounds” link in the upper right of the page to find: 

  • MP3s of “The Notre Dame Victory March” and “Notre Dame, Our Mother”
  • Live webcams of the Clarke Memorial Fountain, The Dome and Basilica, Hesburgh Library, and McCourtney Hall
  • Downloadable wallpapers of Notre Dame for your phone, tablet, and desktop
If you are interested in learning more about the University of Notre Dame, use the upper navigation bar to select the “About” option to learn the history of the school, discover facts and figures, and see a list of notable alumni.

Whether you are considering Notre Dame as a college choice or not, this tour provides visitors a look into the world of the “Fighting Irish” and its school.

Look Around Ireland from Your Home

March 6th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, March 6, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Look Around Ireland Virtual Tours

 

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

 

Visit hundreds of locations in Ireland virtually at this ad-supported travel website.
When arriving at the link, visitors can select from 27 counties to see the list of locations or simply scroll down the page to find your destination. Choose from well-known as well as little-known places. Types of locations include: 
  • Gardens
  • Castles
  • Colleges
  • Villages
  • Graveyards and Tombs
  • Parks
  • Monuments
  • Man-made wonders
  • Natural and scenic beauties
When the window opens, there is a 360° image of the location that you can navigate around using your mouse as well as interesting information about the scene. Sometimes there is only a picture of the location but more often than not it is a 360° image you can tour. Please note that while scanning through the links there were some that were not working properly, but don’t let that dissuade you from visiting. There are still hundreds of locations to explore via this website.

Before leaving the website, be sure to check out the other pages available on the upper navigation bar: 

  • Ireland Travel Guide – Learn all about Ireland with information on the cities, landscape, geography, history, language, culture and more
  • County Travel Guides – Use interactive maps to discover the places of interest in a specific county
  • Theme Maps – Access clickable maps for the Aran Islands, Scenic Ireland, Celtic Ireland, and the Castles of Ireland to reach the virtual tours related to these
  • Genealogy – Discover Irish history, legends, and videos of Ireland which include Irish music
Bookmark this website for all your Irish studies.

Visit the WAZA Virtual Zoo

February 20th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, February 20, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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WAZA Virtual Zoo

 

Age Range: All (children, with parental supervision)

 

Presented by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), take a virtual trip to the zoo. What is unique about this website is that visitors decide what animals they will see at the zoo.
When arriving at the link above, you can select to explore the animals by selecting: 
  • Visit the Zoo – use the interactive map to choose an animal group
  • Pick a Picture – choose from a random grid of animal pictures. Select “Refresh” for a different group of pictures from which to choose
  • Choose a Species – select from fishes, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, invertebrates
  • Select a Region – click on a location on the map for animals indigenous to that area
After you have decided how to explore the animals in the zoo, when you select an animal, you are taken to a fact sheet about the animal and image. Select the “Distribution” text link above the image to be taken to a map of locations of where the animal lives in the wild. Back on the animal page, choose the “In the Zoo” link to learn facts about transporting the animal and reasons the animal is kept in zoos. At the bottom of the text, click the “Find this animal on ZooLex” text link to see a list of some zoos that have this type of animal.

When you have finished visiting your zoo, select the “Home” button on the main tool bar. Choose the movie reel icon to watch a small variety of WAZA videos.

Animal lovers and zoo goers alike will enjoy this website and want to come back time and time again.

Out of this World Virtual Field Trip to Saturn’s Moons

February 13th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, February 13, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Cassini Solstice Mission

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This NASA website from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology will take visitors to the far reaches of space and on virtual tours of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, and its tiny moon, Enceladus. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn in July 2004 and, along with the European-built Huygens probe, opened a window into a world never seen before.

 

When arriving at the website, it might be beneficial to browse through the information available in the “About Saturn & Its Moons” section available on the right sidebar. In the dropdown menu under About Saturn & Its Moons, select “Titan”. When arriving at this page, read over the introduction then hover your mouse over the topics in the image for more information. Next, select the “Titan Virtual Tour” tab and click the text link “Launch Saturn Moons Explorer: Titan” to begin your tour. A new window will open and an Overview video will play. When you are done watching the video, select the “3D Globe” link under the screen to explore the following surface features: 

 

  • Impact Crater
  • Huygens Landing Site
  • Drainage Channels
  • Dunes
  • Northern Lakes
  • The Smile
  • Ice Volcano
  • Xanadu
  • Titan’s Sierras

 

The images come in a variety of types: radar, visible, composite, and/or infrared. Return to the selection by clicking “back to 3D Map”. Choose the “Quick Facts” option for basic information about Titan or select “Latest Images” for more images of Titan. Click the small “find out more” text link at the bottom of the window for links to other sites relating to the Cassini Solstice Mission.

When you are done with the tour, close the window and return to main page to continue learning about Titan. Choose the Atmosphere, Surface, Science Objectives, or Publications tabs for details about Titan and the Cassini mission. Select the Image Galley tab for a visual interactive tool for more images.

On the sidebar select the Videos & More option for loads of videos, an interactive timeline, printables, and to access another virtual tour for the Enceladus virtual tour. Similarly presented and navigated through as the Titan tour, visitors will explore the following location on Enceladus: 

 

  • Plumes
  • Tiger Strips
  • Transitional Terrain
  • Cratered Terrain
  • Modified Craters
  • Icy Riffs
  • Southern Polar Terrain

 

After finishing your tours and exploring all that this website has to offer, don’t forget to check out the Education section on the sidebar for loads of materials, lessons, and resources for your classroom. If you know someone interested in astronomy, particularly Saturn, this website is a down-to-earth resource for an out-of this world study. 

La Tour Eiffel – Eiffel Tower Virtual Tour

February 6th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, February 6, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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La Tour Eiffel

 

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
When arriving at the site, click on “Eiffel Tower Gallery” to see the drop down menu. You can now select from these options to begin your tour:
  • 360° virtual tour
  • Pictures
  • Movies
  • Multimedia

After selecting the 360° virtual tour, a new window will open and visitors can use their mouse to examine the tower close up. Select from the numerous images below the screen for different views, both day and night, from and of the tower.

Back at the “Eiffel Tower Gallery”, select Pictures to not only see images of the Tower but also see images of the blueprints from making the tower. Select the “Movies” option to see videos of the tower, celebrations held there, and the ice rink at the tower.

Under the “Multimedia” option, take a 360° tour of Paris, explore an interactive time line of Major Events surrounding the Tower, or let the kids “Play with the Eiffel Tower” with an interactive educational puzzle and maze or colorfully “Illuminate the Eiffel Tower” with your favorite color and fireworks.

When you are done with your tours, select the “Children’s Tower” option to find educational material for learning and teaching about the Eiffel Tower. Be sure to select the “Teacher’s Page” link in the upper right of the kid’s page to access more educational materials.

Explore the other menu options on the home page tool bar for even more educational opportunities. And for a learning experience for those students studying a foreign language, use the drop down menu in the upper left to select to see this site in 8 different languages including French, Spanish, Chinese, and more.

So grab your beret, pack your croissants, and enjoy a fine day in Paris at the Eiffel tower from the comfort of your home.
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