Archive for the ‘Virtual Field Trip’ category

Ford’s Theater Virtual Tour

April 10th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, April 10, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Ford’s Theater Virtual Tour

 

Age Range: Virtual Tour – All Ages; Educational Materials for Grades 8-12 (children with parental supervision)

 

Explore one of the most famous theaters in American history with this virtual tour. Site of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth, Ford’s Theatre remained closed for nearly 100 years. In 1968, the theatre reopened as a national historic site and working theatre. Today it serves to offer visitors “inspiring theatrical productions, live historic interpretation and engaging education programs”.
When arriving at the link, explore the 360° image of the Main Stage using your mouse to navigate around the image. While examining the image, find the plus signs in a blue circle – “Hotspots”. Clicking on these provides interesting facts about the location. On the right hand side of the image there is a grey bar with the image title down the length that when clicked on slides out and provides information about the image.

When you are done exploring the Main Stage, click on the images under the main window for even more pictures and loads of interesting information. Image selections include: 

  • View from the Box
  • Presidential Box
  • Stage
  • Cast of Characters
  • Booth’s Possessions
  • Theatre Exterior and Lobby
  • Ford’s Theatre Museum
  • Center for Education and Leadership
  • Petersen House
After clicking on the individual image from the list above, other images related to the main image appear in the window. Each image includes informational text. Use the slider in the window to scroll through the pictures.

When you are finished with your tour be sure to go to the main Ford’s Theatre website to keep the learning going. From here, select “Education” in the upper tool bar. When arriving at this page, select the “Resources for Teachers” link either on the sidebar or near the bottom of the page for lesson plans, printables, guided virtual tours, videos and much more. The “Resources for Students” page provides students with a variety of resources for their studies. Click the “Printable Resources” option on the side bar for more printables. Please note that the Teacher and Student resources and lessons are geared towards students in grades 8-12.

This website is an excellent resource for anyone wishing to learn more about President Lincoln, his assassination, and his legacy.

Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

April 3rd, 2015

 

It’s Friday, April 3, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Virtual Easter Egg Hunt

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Add a little fun to your day with this online virtual Easter egg hunt. But this is not your typical hunt where you simply look for eggs. In this game visitors must solve riddles to find the next egg.
When arriving at the link, enter the player’s name then choose from two levels: 
  • Beginner’s level for younger children with simple questions to help find the egg
  • Advanced level for older children (and adults too) where there are riddles to solve to locate the eggs
As you find the eggs, doors are unlocked so that you can move from room to room. This game will help build memory skills as the player will need to recall in which room they saw the answer to their clue. This virtual egg hunt is long enough to be enjoyable (there are about 13 eggs to be found) but not too long that kids will get bored with it.

When you have found all the eggs, select either to Play Again or go back to Game Options where there is another game for kids to play to see how many words they can make using only the letters in “Bunny Rabbit”. There are 245. How many can you make?

(Please note that at the top of the page there are links to get the app, but it appears they are no longer available.)

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.

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