Archive for the ‘Virtual Field Trip’ category

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.

Historic Westville Virtual Tour

October 24th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, October 24, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

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Historic Westville, Georgia: 1850s Living History Museum

 

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

 

Living history museums offer visitors a glimpse into days-gone-by, and at this website, virtually tour the buildings of Georgia from the mid-1800s. Part of this collection of historical buildings was originally collected by Colonel John West with the acquisition of 6 buildings. After his death in 1961, the collection was purchased and moved from his home in Jonesboro, Georgia to Lumpkin, Georgia and has grown to include over 30 buildings.
When arriving at the link above, use the interactive map of the village to begin your exploration. Buildings to visit include:
  • The Wells House, The Kiser House, The Moye House, The Lawson House, The Grimes House, The Singer House, The Rawson House, The McDonald House, The Thornton House, The Bryan House and Replica Slave House
  • The Harris Farmhouse Complex, which includes:
    • The Harris Farmhouse
    • The Mule Barn
    • The Sugar Cane Mill & Syrup Boiler (Check out the video of Sugar Cane grinding at Westville on this page)
  • The West Cabin
  • Dabney and McDaniel Log Homes
  • The Blacksmith Shop & Carriage Shed
  • Bagley Cotton Gin & Westville’s Cotton Press
  • The Pottery Shed and replica Pug Mills & Kiln
  • The Adams Store and The Randle Store
  • The Print Shop
  • The Singer Boot Shop
  • The Yellow Creek Meeting Arbor
  • The Chattahoochee County Courthouse
  • The Damascus Methodist Church
  • Stewart County Academy
  • “Singer Gates to the Past”
  • Dr. Paullin’s Office

Each location provides interesting historical information and great photos of the properties.

Save the Estuary Online Game

October 21st, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, October 21, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

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NOAA: Waterlife

 

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

The game is based upon an ecosystem of a United States west coast estuary and follows an animated human girl as she encounters a talking sea otter. Together they visit an “oracle” (a wise old turtle) who introduces them to a geoduck clam. The characters embark on a journey that raises student awareness and interest in estuaries, water quality, tides, endangered and threatened species, pollution and marine debris, and what students can do to help. The characters face challenges along the way, and by using the game’s “Field Guide” they get in-depth information that helps them heal the estuary and return home safely.

There is lots of good content here delivered through downloadable pdfs, activities, and quizzes. We found the game to be a bit slow-moving and we didn’t spot any “obvious” way to fast forward. That may be intentional by the designers who want students to take the time to learn the various concepts and information offered.

THE BEST PART in our opinion, are the additional learning opportunities beyond the game at this site. Use the menu that includes: 

    • For Kids – Click on links to maps where you can find real estuaries to visit, or take a virtual field trip to an estuary.
    • Careers – Meet the scientists, researchers, and ecologists who work to help us all better understand and preserve marine estuaries.
    • What We Do – Watch video clips that bring the game to life, as you watch real people working and visiting estuaries.
When you’re through playing the game “Where Rivers Meet the Sea”, click on the “Games@NOAA” button on the right hand menu to play arcade games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes.
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