Posts Tagged ‘Virtual Field Trip’

Old Fort Niagara Virtual Tour

October 19th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, October 19, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Old Fort Niagara

(www.oldfortniagara.org/virtual-tour)

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York at the mouth of the Niagara River.

(Please note that this tour requires Adobe Flash to run. Due to issues with Chrome/Flash compatibility, we used the Firefox browser to review this site.)

After arriving at today’s link and allowing Flash to run, the tour automatically loads. Use your mouse to navigate the fort grounds and to locate hotspots indicated with down arrows. Click the rotating tour to stop the screen and zoom in on locations. When a hotspot is selected, a new window opens with information about the location as well as any available shortcut links to specific locations. Close the new window and you will find the hotspot location has opened a new tour or interactive map to that location. Within the mini-tours, there are informational locations found randomly when moving your mouse over an object in the exhibit. Select the signs icon in the upper left-hand corner of the tour to reveal the Old Fort Niagara map. Select any yellow dot on the map to find a location.

Hotspot destinations include: 

  • French Castle – includes views of the Commandant’s quarters, Jesuit Chapel, Soldiers’ Barracks, trade room, and officers’ mess
  • Bake House – Explore the workspace for the fort baker.
  • The River Defenses – view of the river from cannon station
  • Powder Magazine – Discover the storage space for ammunition and gun powder.
  • North Redoubt – Examine the British 1770’s addition to Fort Niagara’s defenses.
  • The Earthworks – Check out the landward side form of defense for the fort.

When you have finished your tour, check out the other educational materials available at the site using the links at the top of the page: 

  • History – Read about the 300-year history of the fort as well as read a featured article focused on a specific historical event at the fort.
  • Education – Select the Pre-Visit Materials link in the drop-down menu to download Old Fort Niagara’s colorful PDF booklet “Flintlocks & Council Fires” that includes history, activities, and links to videos.
  • Gallery – See “Static Images” of re-enactments, buildings, and more as well as find a link to the Old Fort Niagara Association’s YouTube page of videos.

Enjoy your tour!

Explore Jefferson’s Monticello

October 12th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, October 12, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Monticello Explorer

(explorer.monticello.org/)

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

 

This ClickScholar suggested website provides a variety of multi-media opportunities to explore the home where Thomas Jefferson (3rd U.S. President) lived on a plantation in VirginiaThe home is called Monticello. At the site you can virtually explore the plantation, house, gardens and grounds.

Please note that visitors will need Adobe Shockwave to view this site. After the website loads, you’ll see a menu with five choices listed under two categories as follows: 

  • EXPLORE (Use interactive maps.)
    • Explore the Plantation – Use an interactive map to randomly explore the 5,000 acre plantation, buildings, and grounds.
    • Explore the House – Use an interactive 3-D map to navigate the hallways, rooms, and floors of Jefferson’s mansion.
  • TOUR (Take a multi-media, narrated tour.)
    • General House – This is a terrific way to see Monticello. Join a curator who narrates the video tour of the mansion, explaining the furnishings, and telling stories that bring it all to life.
    • Domestic Life At Monticello – This narrated video tour explains the history of the Jefferson family and the enslaved families (including the Hemings family) that lived on the plantation for several generations.
    • Gardens and Grounds – This audio-video tour of the grounds is punctuated with beautiful photography and interesting explanations about horticulture and the cultivation of specialized plants, as well as Jefferson’s fascination with native plants.

All along the explorations and tours, you will find related materials to further learning. There are so many clickable functions to explore the site, that you may need to be patient occasionally as various presentations are downloaded for viewing. Bookmark the site, as it will take some time to investigate this expansive historical collection of images and information about the life and times of Thomas Jefferson.

Tour the Wilmington Railroad Museum

October 5th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, October 5, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wilmington Railroad Museum

(www.wrrm.org/gallery.html)

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

 

All aboard! Take a virtual tour of the Wilmington Railroad Museum in North Carolina with this site.

On this page, visitors can watch a slideshow of the model train displays and watch an 11-minute video of the model trains in motion. Be sure to have your volume turned on to enjoy the sounds of the trains. 

Hover your mouse over the “Gallery” link in the upper menu to move to your next stop on the tour. Choose from: 

  • Model Railroads – See images of the various model train displays and operating layouts as well as a YouTube-hosted video of a trip around their largest display. (The link takes you to the YouTube site so be sure to preview for suitability prior to allowing children to visit.)
  • Modular Model Railroads – Browse the images and information about modular displays that can be displayed at other locations other than the museum.
  • Museum Displays – View pictures of other railroad related items.
  • Outdoor Rolling Stock – Check out the full-size engines and cars at the museum.
  • Steam Engine Renovation – View the slideshow of the restoration of the ACL Steam Engine #250 as well as the Eagle Scout Chris Taurasi and his troop’s contributions to the project.
  • Museum Move – 2007 – Through pictures, watch what it took to move the museum contents to its new location.

Your tour continues by selecting the “History” link in the upper menu. Discover historical photographs of the Wilmington Railroad, learn about the architect of the 1887 ACL Building and read about the Legend of Joe Baldwin as well as early newspaper articles concerning railroad business. 


For the final stop on your tour, click the “Links” option to find other railroad websites.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to Pompeii

September 28th, 2018

It’s Friday, September 28, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Google – Pompeii

(tinyurl.com/y7km8kuw)

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

 

Using Google Maps, take a virtual tour of Pompeii.

When arriving at today’s link use your mouse to move around the location to explore the ruins. When you have finished with your interactive exploration, look in the lower right-hand corner and select the stacked arrow icon to reveal additional views and more images taken by others. Here you will find images of:

  • Pompeii Archaeological Park
  • Pompeii – Porta Marina
  • Forum at Pompeii
  • House of Ancient Hunting
  • Teatro Grande
  • Porta Vescuvio
  • Temple of Isis
  • Scavi di Pompeii
  • Casa del Fuano
  • And more.

Also check out Pompeii in Pictures. Created by Pompeii enthusiasts, Jackie and Bob Dunn, see a collection of images of the excavations of Pompeii along with informative text.

When arriving at the link, feel free to read through the notes. Below all of this information is an interactive map that can be used to navigate through the tour. Be prepared to make a lot of choices to begin viewing images. Choose a region on the map, then a region map will open. Select a location, then quite often another location map will load. Make another selection to view the images. It seemed easier to navigate using the upper dropdown menu. Select a region or topic of interest, then scroll down under the map to make another selection. Use your back button to return to previous pages.

While navigation may be a little labor intensive, it is worth the effort to see this historical location.

There are also additional tours available under the “Surrounding” dropdown menu for other ancient locations in Italy.

Explore the Life & Times of President Eisenhower

September 21st, 2018

 

It’s Friday, September 21, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Eisenhower National Historic Site Virtual Museum Exhibit

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/eise/index.html)

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

 

With this multi-media exhibit from the National Park Service, learn about our 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

When arriving at today’s link, read through the brief introduction then select from the following to view artifacts, see images, read concise informational texts and more: 

  • Military
  • Presidency
  • Mamie
  • Farm
  • Pop Culture

Under this section there is another section of features. It is here that visitors will find the links to the virtual tours of Eisenhower’s Gettysburg Home and cattle operation. Choose one and a new window will open to the tours. For the house tour, use the floor plan map to see the rooms. There are alternate views of the rooms also available on the pages and you can zoom in and out of the room to look more closely. The farm tour provides a labeled colorful drawing of its layout and a few photos of the farm.

Before you leave the site, be sure to check out the other features such as multi-media slideshows and audios, a timeline of Eisenhower’s life and a link to lesson plans.

Virtual Tours of Six Villages in Vietnam

September 14th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, September 14, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mekong Lifeways

(folklife.si.edu/resources/mekong/Engframe.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site from the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage provides a set of online photo albums that present a virtual tour of traditional lifestyles of people in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam.


The sister site describes a trip taken along the entire length of the Mekong River (not just Vietnam). This is also where you’ll find the coloring pages.

One tricky characteristic of today’s featured site is that the navigation controls change location from page to page. Here is a quick summary so that you will be able to get through the site without difficulty: 

On the first page, the introduction runs down the right-hand column, and you need to select a city from the six photos in the central column. Then, on each city’s main page, you need to scroll down to read the introduction at the bottom of the large center/right column, then select a photo archive from the left-hand column. Once inside each photo archive, you need to read the information at the bottom center of the page, then navigate using the thumbnails across the *top* of the screen. Don’t worry, it’s easier then it sounds.

Each photo comes with a short caption; together this montage gives you a little taste for the variety that exists here, and a bit of an idea of what makes each of these six cities special.

Challenge for older students: Try to practice your speed reading on the highly detailed descriptions that appear when you position your mouse over each photograph. (If you missed the description, don’t worry. Select a different photo and then return back right away to the one you were trying to read.)

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