Archive for the ‘Virtual Field Trip’ category

Virtually Tour an Egyptian Tomb

October 10th, 2014


It’s Friday, October 10, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum: Tomb Tour


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


The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose, California maintains the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the west. They also have built a replica of a noble person’s rock-cut tomb that the public can tour at the museum – or virtually at their website.
When you get to the site you’ll see four extensive galleries of images:
  • Burial Practices, Afterlife and Mummies
  • Gods and Religion
  • Kings and Pharaohs
  • Daily Life, Trade, & Neighbors
You may select either “Image” or “Video” to view the items. When selecting “Image”, you will be taken to an interactive image to select the objects you wish to view. Hover your mouse over the image and informational text is provided. If you select “Video”, you can select an image in the first slide then a brief video presentation, complete with audio explanation, opens.

When you have completed your tour, go back to the landing page, and you can select “Explore” on the right sidebar menu to see an interactive timeline, more information about Egypt, and a whole series of recommended websites devoted to Egyptology.

Visit the Palace of the Last Tsar – Virtually

October 3rd, 2014


It’s Friday, October 3, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Alexander Palace Time Machine


Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)


This website is the largest website dedicated to Romanov and Russian history and offers visitors an extensive look into the world of the Alexander Palace. When arriving at this website, use the “Palace Tour” navigation list to view the various rooms of the palace. Select destinations from the following main categories:
  • Gala Parade Halls
  • Restoration of the Palace
  • Rooms of Alexandra
  • Rooms of Nicholas II
  • The Children’s Floor
  • Rooms of the Right Wing
  • Palace Park
  • The Imperial Garage
  • Imperial Dining
  • Plans, Maps and Churches
  • Imperial Yacht Standart

Each room within a category includes mostly black and white images along with detailed information text about the location. Some locations include self-navigating slide shows of even more images. 

While visiting this website you may also wish to check out the other available resources such as:
  • Palace Archives – includes historical information, samples of diaries and letters from and to the royals, travel guides, Romanov archives and more
  • Personalities – read eyewitness accounts and biographies, learn about palace personalities, holidays and celebrations, and more
  • Resources – check out the Fabergé eggs, read online books, view or listen to films and music, visit other recommended links

Before leaving, be sure to view the “Time Machine Photo Tours” to see even more of the palace in the following slide shows:

  • Alexander Palace Façade Pictures
  • Alexander Palace Interiors Today
  • Photos of the Exterior of the Palace
  • The Feodorovsky Cathedral and Village
  • Last Resting Place of the Imperial Family
  • The Cameron Gallery
  • Alexander Palace In Winter
  • The Arsenal in the Park

There is so much to see and learn about Romanov and Russian history and about the Alexander Palace at this website, that you may want to bookmark this website to come back to time and time again.

Tour the National Music Museum Virtually

September 26th, 2014


It’s Friday, September 26, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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National Music Museum


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


Take a virtual tour through the National Music Museum located on the campus of the University of South Dakota. The National Music Museum is home to “more than 15,000 American, European, and non-Western instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods”. This website provides visitors a large sampling of the galleries and exhibits.
When arriving at the link above, select from the following virtual tours:
  • Abell Gallery: European and American Keyboard Instruments from the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries
  • Bates Virtual Gallery: Treasures from the Alan Bates Harmonica Collection
  • Beede Gallery: Musical Instruments from the Great Civilizations of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands
  • Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848: Highlights of a major exhibition designed by the NMM for the Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 1-November 2, 2003
  • Cutler Gallery: Musical Innovations of the Industrial Revolution and European Folk Instruments
  • Everist Gallery: The American Music Industry
  • Exhibits in Lobby, Hallways, Concert Hall, and Tea Room
  • Graese Gallery: Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, The American Civil War, The Golden Age of Bands 1865-1915®, a Violin Maker’s Workshop, and Banjo & Mandolin Clubs
  • Lewison Gallery: Nineteenth-century American Reed Organs, Pianos, and a Grand Harmonicon
  • Lillibridge Gallery: Great American Guitars
  • The Music Man Exhibition: Ya Gotta Know the Territory: The Musical Journey of Meredith Willson, a permanent exhibition designed and installed in 2002 by the NMM at the Meredith Willson Museum in Mason City, Iowa
  • Muzika! A Celebration of Czech and Slovak Music: Highlights from a collaborative exhibition at the National Czech & Slovak Museum, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 17-October 17, 2004
  • Pressler Gallery: Musical Treasures from the Age of Louis XIV
  • Rawlins Gallery: The Genius of North Italian Stringed Instrument Making 1540-1793
  • Sound Samplings: An Index of Sound Clips of Selected Musical Instruments at the NMM
  • Study-Storage Collections: A selection of instruments from the NMM’s encyclopedic research collections
  • Utley Virtual Gallery: Treasures from the Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Brass Instrument Collection

Each of the gallery tours provide a clickable list of instruments to view. When arriving at the instrument page, you will find images of the instruments along with explanatory text about each piece. Many of the images are clickable to enlarge for closer examination.

Music lovers will thoroughly enjoy browsing through all of the instruments available to explore at this website.

The California Gold Rush

September 25th, 2014


It’s Thursday, September 25, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


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The California Gold Rush


Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)


The California Gold Rush of 1849 unleashed one of the largest migrations of human beings in history. This website is comprehensive, yet the information is manageable and not overwhelming in presenting the history of the Gold Rush. It includes the story of how gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill, the migration by land and by sea, and the development of cities from Sacramento to Los Angeles as a result. The site explains the way of life of miners, their housing, diet, the culture that developed, punishment for criminal behavior, and the part the press played.
There is an extraordinary account of the effect of the Gold Rush on people, including Mexicans, Native Americans, African Americans, the Chinese, and women. The impact to the environment is also explored from the ravaging of the landscape by opportunists to the poisoning of streams from mercury used to mine for gold. There is interesting information here on the development of water systems in the state, and the economic impact of the Gold Rush. Equally fascinating is the account of the Gold Rush country today.
One of the best parts of this site is the “Travel” section. Practically a virtual field trip to the gold country is offered in this log of historical sites to visit in California. Included in the descriptions are:
  • Indian Grinding Rock
  • Columbia State Historic Park
  • the Empire Mine
  • caves to explore in the Mother Lode country
  • and more.

Everything at the site includes interesting text and original photographs and illustrations. It is extremely user-friendly in its presentation of historical information. There are also links to resources for further research and study.

Sleep Tight with a Virtual Tour of The Original Mattress Factory

September 19th, 2014


It’s Friday, September 19, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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The Original Mattress Factory


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


Presented by The Original Mattress Factory, take a virtual tour of the factory to learn how mattresses and box springs are made by this company. Hosted by The Original Mattress Factory’s spring mascots, watch the five videos covering the steps and equipment in building a mattress and box spring:
  • Quilt Machines
  • Building a Mattress
  • Tape Edge Machine
  • Sewing Machine
  • Upholstering a Box Spring

When you are done watching the videos, you may wish to explore this website for even more information about mattresses and sleep. You can learn how to care for your mattress and even sign up for a “Flip Reminder”. Before you leave the website, check out the “Mattress Quiz” to see if it is time for a new mattress.

While this is a commercial website, you won’t lose sleep over the educational value of this virtual tour.

Step Back in Time with a Visit to Old Sturbridge Village

September 12th, 2014


It’s Friday, September 12, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


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Old Sturbridge Village


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


This website offers a free virtual tour of Old Sturbridge Village to experience early New England life from 1790-1840. This is the companion website to one of the country’s largest living history museums where a staff of historians in costume reenact village life.

As explained at the website, the museum has “59 historic buildings on 200 acres, three authentic water-powered mills and two covered bridges. Visitors can ride in a stagecoach, view antiques, heirloom gardens, meet the farm animals, and take part in hands-on crafts year-round.”

The website offers the opportunity to explore this living history museum without leaving home. When you get to the website, click on the map to take a photographic tour of the museum that is accompanied by text explanations of the exhibits that include:

  • Friends Meetinghouse: Members of the Society of Friends were also called Quakers and had a distinctive way of life.
  • Tin Shop: In the 1830s, tinware shops competed successfully with pottery stores.
  • Salem Towne House: This Federal-style dwelling was the home of a prosperous farmer.
  • Printing Office: Rural printing offices produced books, broadsides, bills, and pamphlets.
  • Cider Mill: Cider mills used horsepower to press apples into cider, the region’s favorite domestic beverage.

When you’re through taking the tour, use the menu on the left to learn more – and get some old-time recipes for Potted Cheese, Gourd Soup, and Marlborough Pudding.