Archive for the ‘Virtual Field Trip’ category

Visit the Guggenheim Online

June 24th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, June 24, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Guggenheim Collection Online

(www.guggenheim.org/collection-online)

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

 

This online collection features almost 1700 pieces of work from more than 575 artists from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

Artwork can be searched by: 

  • Artist
  • Date
  • Medium
  • Movement
  • Venues
  • Special collections

Once you have made your selection, each piece includes an image of the piece as well as a description and other information about the work. Click the image to see a larger view. Also included are biographies of the artist and links to other works by the artist.

Art lovers will easily find themselves browsing through the collections for hours.

Vatican Museums Virtual Tours

June 17th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, June 17, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vatican Museums

(mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Visite.html)

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

 

At this, the official website of the Vatican Museums, you can take a virtual tour of the Museums within the Vatican including: 

  • Pio Clementino Museum
  • Chiaramonti Museum
  • New Wing
  • Gregoriano Profano Museum
  • Gregorian Egyptian Museum
  • Gregorian Etruscan Museum
  • Ethnological Museum
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael’s Rooms
  • Pinacoteca

You can view the stunningly beautiful artwork created by masters like Raphael and Michelangelo that are included in the Museum’s collections, and zoom in for details of paintings, frescoes, and other artwork. Information on the pieces is provided as well.

While the artwork will appeal to many ages, exploring the sites requires the ability to read and use a computer keyboard, making this an excellent site for family explorations.

In order to view the virtual tours, your browser must have Java activated and the site must be allowed.

Library of Congress: Lewis & Clark Exhibit

June 10th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, June 10, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Library of Congress: Lewis & Clark Exhibit

(www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/virtualtour/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

With this website, explore the Northwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress to discover maps, notes, manuscripts, and more from the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Begin your tour by selecting the “enter tour” link on the first slide. Watch the slide show introduction then the tour begins. In each slide, select an image in the timeline to enlarge. Read through the text then click on the image to get a larger view. Select “Go Back” at the bottom of the slide to return to the timeline. Some images will open a new window with a presentation on the Library of Congress website. Simply close the window to return to the virtual tour. Select “Continue Tour” to move along. Sections of the timeline include: 

  • Prologue
  • Before Lewis & Clark
    • Beyond the Allegheny Mountains
    • The Spanish Entrada into the Southwest
    • Exploration of the Missouri River
    • British Passage to the Pacific
    • Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis & Clark
    • Discovering Diplomacy
    • Geography
    • Animals
    • Dressed in Courage
    • Plants
  • After Lewis & Clark
    • The Journeys of Zebulon Montgomery PikeLong’s Expedition to the Central and Southern Plains
    • The Fur Trade
    • Wilkes and Frémont Expeditions
    • Boundary Surveys
    • Epilogue-Transcontinental Railroad Surveys

If you prefer not to use the interactive tour, visit the Rivers, Edens, Empires webpage on the Library of Congress site using the link under the interactive tour window.

Not only is this an interesting tour of the artifacts in the museum, but a wonderful addition to your westward expansion studies.

Tour the Wreck of the USS Monitor and More

June 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Friday, June 3, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour the Wreck of the USS Monitor

(monitor.noaa.gov/wreck_tour/wreck_tour.html)

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

 

The Union’s first Civil War ironclad, the USS Monitor was lost in a gale storm on December 31, 1862. Through this interactive tour of images, explore the wreckage at this website from the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

Use your mouse to hover over different sections of the ship to reveal images and text about the wreckage. But the tour doesn’t stop here. Click the “Back” link under the tour to reach the home page of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary website. Use the sidebar menu to dig deeper into the Monitor and other shipwrecks. Select “Shipwrecks” to see and learn more about Graveyard of the Atlantic in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Presented with interesting statistics about the wreck along with fascinating history and images, learn about: 

  • German U-Boats
  • Merchant Ships
  • Allied Ships

Next, check out the “OBX Trail Videos” to discover more about the Outer Banks and the history of the different shipwrecks.

Select “Image Gallery” to see even more images of the Monitor through the online gallery and from the National Marine Sanctuary online Encyclopedia as well as from the Naval History and Heritage Command’s website. Visitors can also explore the National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library to see video clips and images of America’s underwater treasures.

By selecting the “Education” link, visitors will find many resources to supplement their visit. Additional links to sites, videos, activities, printables, and much more round out your virtual tour.

There is a lot to see and do on this website so be sure to bookmark to come back to often.

Walk the Golden Gate Bridge Virtually

May 27th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, May 27, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Golden Gate Bridge Walk

(goldengatebridge.org/photos/bridgewalk.php)

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

 

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opened May 27, 1937. Take a virtual walking tour of the bridge with this website from the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District.

When arriving at the link, click the “Start the bridge walk” text link under the image. A new window will open revealing the image slide show. Use the text link navigational commands to “look” left, right, backwards, up or down as well as to “walk forward” or “walk back”. Each command brings up a new view of the bridge. Click “end walk” to end the tour.

When you have finished your walk, use the menu on the left of the web page to see more images of the bridge by selecting: 

  • Historic Photos – See images of the chief engineer, Joseph B. Straus and the construction of the bridge.
  • Contemporary Photos – View modern images of the art deco elements, beauty shots of the bridge, the Southeast Visitor area, bridge workers in action, and more.
  • Then and Now – comparative views of the bridge

You may also want to dig deeper into the history of the Golden Gate Bridge by selecting the “Research Library” link. At this page visitors will find links to other pages filled with historical information, interesting facts and trivia, and much more.

Put on your virtual sneakers and enjoy the tour.

It All Starts with Dirt: How Aluminum is Made

May 20th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, May 20, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Alcoa: How Aluminum is Made

(www.alcoa.com/global/en/about_alcoa/dirt.asp)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Alcoa Company offers several great ways to find out how aluminum is made. When you get to the site you’ll see a selection of choices from exploring a mini-website on the topic, to downloading a free colorful brochure, to watching a video of the manufacturing process.

We found it easy to just follow the topics in order as follows: 

  • Visit the “It All Starts With Dirt” website. Click on “enter site” and a new window opens. From there, click on “Make Your Selection” to see a menu of choices. Click on “Adding Value From the Ground Up” to take an illustrated text tour of the entire aluminum manufacturing process. When you’re through, go back to the menu to read about the “Age of Aluminum” and “The Alcoa Story.”

Close that screen to go back to the landing page and look for: 

  • Alcoa Can’t Wait – Under that heading you can click on links to hear the Alcoa “Folk Song,” watch a 1970s TV commercial, and watch a fast-paced 2008 video that is a quick timeline of the history of aluminum.
  • See How Aluminum is Made – DON’T MISS THIS! Watch a 3-minute video of the complete aluminum manufacturing process.
  • Alcoa’s History (Timeline) – Use your mouse for an interactive exploration of events in the history of aluminum.
  • Biography of Charles Martin Hall – Learn about this amazing aluminum pioneer and manufacturing magnate.
  • Aluminum Smelting – For budding chemists and techies – get a more in-depth discussion of aluminum manufacturing.

Alcoa has gone out of their way to offer a variety of multi-media resources to help visitors to their site understand how aluminum is manufactured.

(Non-readers will need assistance. There is something for everyone here. Young children may prefer to watch the video, and older students can explore the topic in more depth.)

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