Archive for the ‘Virtual Field Trip’ category

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


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


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.)

Discover the Art of the Frick Collection

May 13th, 2016


It’s Friday, May 13, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at 


Recommended Website:

The Frick Collection


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


At this website, explore paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts collected by Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. The museum is located in his former residence on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Using the interactive map of the museum, click to select where you wish to begin your visit. When the page opens, most locations include: 

  • An interactive 360° image of the location. Hover over the various items to find highlighted pieces. Click the highlighted item to open a new window with details and audios about the piece
  • An audio tour about the location
  • A history of the location
  • Virtual Exhibitions
  • Archival images of the location most showing restoration progress
  • Items currently on display in that location
  • Related links for more information

There is so much to see, explore, and learn at this website, you will want to bookmark this site to visit at your leisure.

Take a Virtual Trip to a Coffee Farm

April 29th, 2016


It’s Friday, April 29, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Greenwell Farms – Kona Coffee


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


Take a delicious virtual tour of the Greenwell Farms in Hawaii and learn how Kona Coffee is grown and processed.

Through images, text, and videos: 

  • Dig into the growth process from seeding to harvest.
  • Discover pulping, drying, milling, and roasting of the coffee beans.
  • What is Kona Snow?
  • Learn about ‘cupping’ coffee.
  • Uncover the challenges in coffee farming.
  • Examine the science and innovation used in farming.
  • Explore the history of Greenwell Farms.

Click on any of the images at this easy-to-navigate and colorful website to explore the farm and learn all about the coffee making process.

Sweet Visits to A Lollipop Factory, Fudge House and More

April 22nd, 2016


It’s Friday, April 22, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Lollipop Factory and Fudge House Virtual Field Trip


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


This ClickScholar-recommended website is part of the larger NSF Exploratorium website, The Accidental Scientist – Science of Cooking.

Today’s link provides two brief tours of: 

  • Kendon Candies in San Jose, California – Tour a lollipop factory.
  • Fudge House at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California – See how fudge is made.

When arriving at the link, find the “Behind the Scenes” section and select the text link for either the lollipop factory or the fudge house.

When you get to the lollipop factory page, you will see an introduction about Kendon Candies in San Jose, California – the largest lollipop producer in the United States. Click on the “next” buttons for a brief tour through text and photographs. OR, AND EVEN BETTER – watch the Quicktime or RealPlayer video on the first slide and see the lollipop-making process at the Kendon candy factory.

When you are through learning all about how to make lollipops, click on the “Candy Home Page” link at the bottom of the slide. That will take you back to the “science of candy” page where you can learn how to make candy at home, find out about the chemistry of sugar, and you can take a tour of the Fudge House in San Francisco!

When you have finished with your candy tours, select the “Science of Cooking” image link in the upper left. This will take you to the main menu of the website. Select the “Eggs” page and look for the “Visit a Farm” section to tour an organic egg farm in Petaluma, California.

These short but sweet virtual tours provide a nice overview of the locations. When you have finished your tours, be sure to check out all that the “Science of Cooking” website has to offer.

Discover the Hiding Place

April 15th, 2016


It’s Friday, April 15, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Corrie ten Boom Museum Virtual Tour


Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)


Christian author, Corrie ten Boom, was born on April 15, 1892. Through the narrated 360° tours supplied at this website from the Corrie ten Boom Museum, discover the story and life of the Dutch ten Boom family and their brave efforts to help Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.

When arriving at the site, give the page a few seconds to load and then the narration will begin. Using your mouse, explore each image. Visitors can navigate to the different locations of the house and surrounding areas using the numbered house map on the screen, which can be hidden or made visible by selecting the compass in the tool bar at the bottom of the screen. Locations to visit include: 

  • Haarlem Town Square
  • Ten Boom Exterior
  • Ten Boom Alleyway
  • Dining Room
  • Liberation Room
  • Hallway
  • Bedrooms
  • Corrie’s Bedroom
  • Hiding Place
  • Rooftop Night
  • Exterior and Interior St. Bavo
  • Canal

The lovely images and moving narration help bring to life the story Corrie ten Boom shared in her book The Hiding Place.