Posts Tagged ‘virtual tour’

Washing Machine Museum Virtual Tour

October 13th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, October 13, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum

(www.oldewash.com/)

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

 

Now here’s a quirky website. It offers a virtual tour of the Washing Machine Museum located in Eaton, Colorado.

The owner is Lee Maxwell whose hobby is collecting antique washing machines. He’s written a book about them oddly titled, “Save Womens Lives: The First Ever History of Washing Machines.” This website serves as a companion to the book (available for sale at the site), and makes access to the museum available to virtual tourists everywhere.

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of various antique washing machine labels. Use the menu on the left side of your screen and click on “Virtual Tour” at the bottom of the menu. A 17-minute video opens and Lee Maxwell takes visitors through the history of washing clothes, washing machines, and his museum. Using the sidebar menu select “Photo Album” then search the “Data Base” by brand name, keyword, machine ID #, and more to access photos and information about each and every machine. 

DON’T MISS THE BEST PART called “Machines with Animations” in the “Data Base” section. You can watch videos of many of these old clunkers in action!

There are over 1,000 antique washing machines at the museum, so be prepared to spend some time visiting if you wish to see all the machines.

Visit a Recycled Plastics Plant Virtually

September 29th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, September 29, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Plastipak Packaging Plant Virtual Tour

(www.infineo-economiecirculaire.com/en/factory-tour/virtual-tour.html)

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

 

See how used plastic bottles are recycled into new bottles with this virtual tour from the French company, Plastipak.

Use the left sidebar explore the facility and see: 

  • Storage area – where bales of the old bottles are stored
  • Unpacking Zone – the first step in the recycling process
  • Wash Zone – After bottles are sorted and crushed they are washed.
  • Extrusion Zone – where the recycled pellets are converted to granules
  • Polycondensation – the purification step to prep the granules to make new bottles
  • Injection Zone – This is where the new bottles are made.
  • Silos – purified granules are stored in the silos for later transport by tankers to other food manufactures to use to create their bottles and other containers

To navigate a location simply scroll your mouse up or down or use your up and down arrow keys. Throughout the tour there are occasional information blocks to open by selecting the plus sign. 

Bonus: If you have a student learning French, click the flag in the upper right of the tour to view the information in French and your student can practice their language skills. 

Virtual Tour of the Panama Canal for Kids

August 25th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, August 25, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Canal de Panamá

(www.pancanal.com/eng/persona/k/index.html)

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

 

Take a virtual field trip to the Panama Canal with this website from the Panama Canal Authority.

Use the text links on the page to discover: 

  • How it works
  • Canal Pictures
  • Historical Pictures
  • Panoramic Views
  • The Centennial Bridge
  • Floating Equipment
  • The Administration Building

There are also live cameras of Miraflores Locks, Centennial Bridge, and Gatun Locks as well as interactive jigsaw puzzles for kids to put together online.

Once you have finished exploring the tours on this page, use the upper menu to learn more and see the Expanded Canal, its Green Connection, and more.

Tour Missouri State Parks Virtually

August 11th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, August 11, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Missouri State Parks

(mostateparks.com/page/59516/quick-list-parks-and-historic-sites)

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

 

With the Missouri State Parks website, take virtual tours of many of the parks.

After arriving at today’s link, use the list of parks and historical sites to choose a location to visit. When the page opens, look to the right at “The Park File” and select “Park Video”, “Photo Gallery”, or “Virtual Tour” to view images, videos and/or interactive 360° images of locations. 

In addition to the virtual tours, there is a lot more information available in “The Park File” for many of the parks such as: 

  • General park information such as visiting hours, weather, directions, maps, and basic information about the park
  • Bird Checklist – a downloadable list of birds spotted at the park
  • Plant and Animal List – another downloadable list of animals and plants in the area
  • Natural Features – interesting things to look for
  • Park History
  • And much more

There are 56 parks and 35 historical sites to explore so be sure to bookmark this site to come back to from time to time. (Please note that some park pages are still “under construction.”)

JFK Virtual Museum Tour

June 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Friday, June 2, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum – Virtual Tour

(whd.jfklibrary.org/Tour/)

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

 

Take an online tour of the Museum at the John F. Kennedy Library with this website.

When arriving at today’s site, read the brief introduction then select the text link “Start Virtual Tour” in the lower corner. The tour begins with a video of clips about John F. Kennedy. Throughout the tour there are audios of era and JFK included which further enhance the virtual tour experience. Each slide also includes a general description text about the exhibit. Choose the display to examine from the scrolling slides under the current window. 

Exhibit topics include: 

  • Convention
  • 1960 Campaign Trail
  • Kennedy-Nixon Debate
  • Peace Corps
  • Space
  • Attorney General
  • Oval Office
  • First Lady
  • Kennedy Family
  • Pavilion

Within each slide are blue information icons that when clicked bring up a larger image and item description. Use the on-screen arrows to move around the displays.

This tour would add to any history course.

Mt. St. Helens Virtual Tour

May 19th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, May 19, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Adventure Earth Science Mt. St. Helens

(academic.greensboroday.org/~martint/AdventureES/StHelen/Home.htm)

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

 

This website created by 8th grade science teacher, Tim Martin, shares information and images of his trip to Mt. St. Helens in 2001.

Use the left-hand sidebar menu to begin your “Virtual Field Trips.” When arriving on the next page, scroll over the map to find locations to explore or use the side bar menu again to select your destination. Locations include: 

  • Johnston Ridge
  • Blast Zone Hills
  • Trail of Two Forests
  • Ape Cave
  • Lahar View
  • Lava Canyon

Most of the locations provide a manual slide show. Please note that when selecting to “Begin the Hike” or the “Explore” link the page opened to a message about using Internet Explorer but we clicked the “If you would like to proceed anyway, click here.” link and were able to successfully access the slides for the tour. The images include brief descriptions and information about the location. When you have finished with the tours, select the “Up” link to return to the home page. There are a few more links that visitors will also want to check out: 

  • May 18, 1980 – provides a brief article about the day Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980
  • Related Links – links to pages on the USGS website and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
  • For Educators – suggestions for experiments and demonstrations relating to volcanoes
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