Posts Tagged ‘virtual tour’

Old Fort Western Virtual Tour

March 24th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, March 24, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Old Fort Western

(www.oldfortwestern.org/virtual.asp)

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

 

Visit Old Fort Western, the 1754 National Historical Landmark fort on the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine, with this virtual tour, and see its transformation over its 250-plus year history.

After arriving at today’s link, select your internet connection type, either dialup or broadband, to begin your tour. Once the new window opens, use the timeline under the introduction to begin exploring. Choose from: 

  • Military Period – 1754-1770
  • William Howard Period – 1770-1782
  • Two Family House Period – 1782-ca 1830
  • Three Family House Period – ca 1830-ca 1870
  • Tenement Period – ca 1870-ca 1922
  • 2004

The tours for the Military Period through the Tenement Period are in drawings and primarily show how the fort changed in its division and use of the space. Once you have selected your time-period, the fort image will load. Text on the page describes the fort and its use. As you move your mouse over the image a view finder will reveal details inside the fort. There are several tools to change your views. When you explore “2004”, it provides a more in-depth view of the current use of the fort as a museum with photos and panoramic views of the various rooms.

There is a lot of interesting history connected with Old Fort Western and the part it played in the development of the Kennebec Valley in Maine as well as American history in general. When you are finished with your tours, close the tour window to get back to the opening page. In the upper menu, select “Fort Information” to find links to the fort, house, and store history.

Visit the Blarney Stone & Castle

March 17th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, March 17, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Blarney Castle & Gardens

(www.blarneycastle.ie/)

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

 

Take a virtual tour of the home of the Blarney Stone, one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. Legend has it that if one kisses the Blarney Stone they will never be at a loss for words again. While most of us may never be able to kiss the legendary stone, we can take a tour of the castle and grounds where it lies with the help of this website.

On the home page of today’s link, visitors can watch a fly-over view of the castle and the grounds. When you are ready to tour the grounds, hover over the “Plan Your Visit” link in the upper menu. Select the “Map & Virtual Tour” option to begin. When the page opens, there will be a map that you can hover over the ‘pins’ to see what is located there. Scroll down the page to find the 360° Blarney Castle tour. You will be able to use your mouse to explore: 

  • Poison Garden
  • Family Room
  • Castle Interior
  • Rock Close
  • Fern Garden

When you are finished with that tour, continue your exploration by selecting the “Explore Blarney Castle” link in the upper menu. On this page, through an image and brief text, you can learn about: 

  • Badger’s Cave
  • The Dungeon
  • The Witch Stone
  • The Estate
  • Wishing Steps
  • Witch’s Kitchen

And much more. Visitors can also explore further by selecting the following at the top of the page: 

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Experience the Gardens
  • Explore Rock Close
  • Visit the Castle

Select “History” in the upper menu to discover the history of Blarney Castle, see a family timeline, and view archived videos.

This is a great site to add to your studies of Ireland.

Visit the Pyramids of Egypt

March 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, March 3, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS NOVA: Pyramids

(www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/explore-ancient-egypt.html)

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

 

The tomb of Egyptian boy, King Tut, was discovered on November 4, 1922. Would you like to explore a pyramid and check out a pharaoh’s burial chamber? At this PBS website, you can take a free virtual tour of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the tombs and temples of Thebes, and you can even take a virtual walk around the Sphinx! This interactive virtual tour of the Land of the Pharaohs is provided through 360° panoramas and stunning photographs with interesting and informative text.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of pyramids in the center of the page. Click on the words, “LAUNCH INTERACTIVE” next to the picture. A new screen opens to a map of ancient Egypt and drop-down menus that allow you to explore: 

  • Old Kingdom – Explore the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Khufu Pyramid, the Khafre Pyramid, the Sphinx, and the Giza Plateau.
  • New Kingdom – Virtually tour the Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Colossus of Memnon, the Tomb of Riekhmire, and the Tomb of Ramose.

Simply click on the place you want to explore. If you select a pyramid, the image will appear on the screen with a drop-down menu that invites you to look inside the pyramid, see a cross-section map of the pyramid, view artifacts, and browse the photo gallery.

If you select a monument such as the Sphinx or Colossus of Memnon, you can take a “walk-around” virtual tour.

The images and content are spectacular. Younger children may enjoy this presentation with adult assistance to read the text and navigate the site.

Learn about the Mughal Empire

February 16th, 2017

 

It’s Thursday, February 16, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mughal India

(www.mughalindia.co.uk/room.html)

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

 

Did you know that there was once a Mughal Empire, and that at its peak it encompassed most of India? You will know quite a bit about it after a visit to this virtual classroom developed by the British Museum.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a picture of a classroom. Roll your cursor over the items in the picture to see what each one reveals. Then, simply click on an item to access the contents including: 

  • Bookcase – Start with an overview. What was the Mughal Empire? Who formed it? What area did it cover? When did it begin and how long did it last? Be sure to click on the bookcase and then select individual books to learn all about various emperors and more! To turn the pages, you will need to click the corner of a page and drag it to the opposite side of the book. To jump to the table of contents, you will need to click just below the book. While you are looking at the individual books, there is a small picture of a bookcase in the top right corner of your screen so that you can easily go back to select another book; if you are finished reading, you can always click on the word “Home” at the bottom of the screen to return to the virtual classroom. (Note: In the book on Akbar, page 4 is missing, replaced by page 11. But that doesn’t detract much from the story; just insert the words “ruling briefly,” turn to page 5, and resume reading.) In addition to plenty of fascinating history, there are also some interactive games hidden inside the books! (Hint: If you are looking for games, try the book about coins.)
  • Coin Cabinet (located on the top of the bookshelf) – Coins reveal a lot about a country including who was in power when they were minted, and a bit about the values and beliefs of the nation. Open all the drawers in this cabinet to learn what coins tell us about Mughal religions, emperors, politics, and more! Helpful Hint: Click the knob at the bottom of the drawer to close it and return to the coin cabinet.
  • Warfare (or weapons cabinet, located to the right of the easel) – Try your hand at affixing the correct labels to the various implements of war. Some of them are quite ornate! A virtual magnifying glass is provided to examine the engravings, precious inlaid gems, and other intricate details. Each time you play this game, there is a different collection to label.
  • Terrapin (jade turtle) – Learn about this remarkable treasure and then take the Terrapin Challenge – try to identify its species!
  • Globe – Use your mouse to spin it and find capitals of various countries of the world.

Keep clicking around to see all the treasures hidden in the virtual classroom. Don’t miss the information stored in the “file cabinets” or the “art chest drawer” (located under the terrapin). Check out the date calculator by clicking on the calendar or view the painting on the easel.

DON’T MISS the VIRTUAL TOUR of the Taj Mahal by clicking on the clipboard.

There is simply too much to absorb in just one visit, so bookmark the site to return again.

Microcar Virtual Museum

February 10th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, February 10, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip

at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Microcar Museum

(www.microcarmuseum.com/virtualtour.html)

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

 

Take a fun virtual tour of a microcar museum. This archived website of the now closed Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum in Madison, Georgia, showcases the cars once in their collection.

One might ask, what exactly is a microcar? A microcar, otherwise known as a “bubble car”, is an economy vehicle with an engine size less than 700cc or battery powered, with 2 doors or less, can have 3 or 4 wheels, and was manufactured after 1945. Microcars played an important role in Europe after World War II as they worked to deal with shortages of food and gas.

After arriving at today’s site, you can begin browsing through the over 200 cars by selecting either the “START TOUR” or “TOUR INDEX” links under the showroom image. Each car provides: 

  • Multiple image of the car
  • Informative text about the car
  • Specs related to the car

This is an interesting tour and sure to be interesting for the car enthusiast in any family.

Virtual Tour of Big Bend National Park

February 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, February 3, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Big Bend National Park

(www.virtualbigbend.com/index.php)

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

 

The goal of this website is to bring you as close as possible to actually experiencing every inch of this spectacular natural wonder. Hence it features the latest in interactive panoramas: with many of the photos (if you use your mouse to scroll around) you will see an unbroken sphere of scenery not only on all sides, but also above and below. 

To embark on this breathtaking virtual adventure, you can click on any one of the locations on the homepage. If you prefer to browse by geographic feature, you can use the “Favorite Views” drop-down menu at the top of the page. Once you have arrived at a location you can either use the arrows to move between locations, or bring up a full list of locations by selecting the four boxes icon.  Whatever method you choose to navigate the site, you will come away with an increased appreciation for this national treasure.

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