Archive for the ‘Virtual Field Trip’ category

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.

Elephant Sanctuary Virtual Field Trip

January 30th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, January 30, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Riddle’s Elephant & Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

Gather the kids ’round the computer for a short visit with some African and Asian elephants at an elephant wildlife sanctuary in the Ozark Mountain foothills in Arkansas. Most of the elephants are former circus performers, and all of them have interesting characteristics that you will find endearing.
When you get to the site there is a short introduction video – wait for it, and then the site will open. You will see a menu on the left side of your screen. Click on “Elephant Biographies.” A new screen will appear that gives brief information about the elephants at the reserve. Click on “Asian Elephants” or “African Elephants” at the top of the screen and another page opens with pictures and brief biographies on each of the elephant residents at the sanctuary. When you are through meeting all of the elephants, you might want to explore the site to find out about the work and research being done at the sanctuary. You might even find a destination for your next family vacation!

Take an Educational Journey Touring the FDR Library and Museum

January 16th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, January 16, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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FDR Library and Museum Virtual Tour

 

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

 

This website not only provides visitors a virtual tour through the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, but it also offers wonderful educational opportunities to learn about the 32nd President of the United States, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II.
When arriving at the link, click the “Launch Now” button on the screen. There are multiple ways to explore the museum. You may use the “Back” and “Next” arrows to work through the slides, or you could expand the “Explore the Museum” button at the top right then choose your destination or you could use the map in the bottom right corner to select a location. You can also access the site map from the “Explore the Museum” button which provides a great way to reach the topic of interest quickly. Location galleries include:
  • Museum Lobby
  • America, 1932: A Nation in Fear
  • The Promise of Change
  • Foundations of a Public Life
  • A New Deal
  • FDR’s “Act of Faith”
  • War! (upper level)
  • War! (lower level)
  • Oval Office Desk/FDR’s Death
  • First Lady of the World
  • Legacy
  • Behind the Scenes
Each gallery provides a 360° tour that you can use your mouse to navigate around and examine. Some galleries include close-ups of artifacts, documents, as well as additional resource information, audios, and teachable moments. The teachable moments include brief video segments. Each gallery includes informational text beneath the presentation.

This website is an excellent resource for your history studies and a wonderful insight into the life and world of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Explore the Virtual Museum of Iraq

January 9th, 2015

 

It’s Friday, January 9, 2015, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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The Virtual Museum of Iraq

 

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

 

This website, the achievement of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian National Research Council, allows visitors to virtually explore artifacts from the National Museum of Iraq, in Baghdad. Although the real Baghdad Museum has fallen victim to the wages of war, efforts are being made to reorganize the museum.
When first arriving at the website, there is a brief introduction video then visitors can select from the eight chronologically arranged Halls to visit: 
  • Prehistoric
  • Sumerian
  • Akkadian and Neo-Sumerian
  • Babylonian
  • Assyrian
  • Achaemenid and Seleucid
  • Parthian and Sasanian
  • Islamic
Once you have made your selection, explore the exhibits by clicking on an artifact. You are then able to choose either “Description” or “Explore” to learn more about the item through texts and images, some of which are interactive and use Quicktime to enable you to rotate and zoom into the image for closer examination. Some exhibits also include informative videos for a deeper understanding of the relic and the time period.

Each hall includes a map that when selected allows visitors to learn more about the region or to explore the timeline.

With more than 70 artifacts to examine, over a hundred images to view, and many videos to watch, this website will provide visitors with an interesting insight into the “archaeological, historical and artistic heritage” of Iraq.

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