Posts Tagged ‘virtual tour’

Virtual Tour of the White House

November 1st, 2019

 

It’s Friday, November 1, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The White House Museum

(www.whitehousemuseum.org/index.htm)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)


Did you know that on the ground floor of the White House there’s a bowling alley? There’s also a chocolate shop, a flower shop, and even a doctor’s office.

The Trumps might not get an opportunity to extend an invitation to your family for a while yet (they’re kind of busy), but while you’re waiting, you can visit this website for a nice view of the White House.

When you get to the site, Start the Tour! First there is an Overview with an Introduction, Quick Facts, Structure and Brief History. You can scroll to the bottom and continue your tour or you can use the top menu bar to view: 

  • Residence
  • East Wing
  • West Wing

You can see photos of all the rooms as they looked most recently, and past photos as well. (Notice how the curtains and furnishings change from one presidential era to another.) See up-close detail photos of some of the furniture, photos of renovation in progress, and learn how the rooms are/were used. For example, Alice Roosevelt’s wedding took place in the same room where sumo wrestlers performed, and one president’s child rode a chair pulled by two goats! Read about the roller skate marks left on the floor by a president’s child and not removed for 30 years… fun stuff!

And under the “Home” link, don’t miss Air Force One, Lesson Plans and more.

Virtual Field Trip to Geothermal Plant

October 25th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, October 25, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

CalEnergy: Virtual Tour

(www.bherenewables.com/tour_geothermal.aspx)

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

At this website you can take a tour of a geothermal power plant to see how the natural heat of the earth is used to generate electricity for homes and businesses. Geothermal power is a renewable source of energy and does not rely on coal or other fossil fuels to create electricity.


When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of a geothermal plant. Select a numbered icon to view the tour that is presented through a series of narrated videos that include animations, illustrations and sound. Explore each phase of the geothermal power plant operation that includes: 

  • A look at the geothermal resources far below the surface of the earth.
  • An explanation of how these resources are brought to the earth’s surface and converted into steam.
  • Info on how the steam is used to spin turbines and generate electricity.
  • A view of how unused fluid is returned to the earth to sustain the geothermal resource so it can be used again.

To see all phases of the tour from start to finish, just click on the “G” on the picture for “Grand Tour.”

The site includes a “Glossary of Terms” in case you need clarification on some of the vocabulary used in the tour.

Take an Educational Journey Touring the FDR Library and Museum

October 11th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, October 11, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FDR Library and Museum Virtual Tour

(fdrlibraryvirtualtour.org/)

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

 

This website not only provides visitors a virtual tour through the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, but it also offers wonderful educational opportunities to learn about the 32nd President of the United States, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II.

When arriving at the link, click the “Launch Now” button on the screen. There are multiple ways to explore the museum. You may use the “Back” and “Next” arrows to work through the slides, or you could expand the “Explore the Museum” button at the top right then choose your destination or you could use the map in the bottom right corner to select a location. You can also access the site map from the “Explore the Museum” button which provides a great way to reach the topic of interest quickly. Location galleries include: 

  • Museum Lobby
  • America, 1932: A Nation in Fear
  • The Promise of Change
  • Foundations of a Public Life
  • A New Deal
  • FDR’s “Act of Faith”
  • War! (upper level)
  • War! (lower level)
  • Oval Office Desk/FDR’s Death
  • First Lady of the World
  • Legacy
  • Behind the Scenes

Each gallery provides a 360° tour that you can use your mouse to navigate around and examine. Some galleries include close-ups of artifacts, documents, as well as additional resource information, audios, and teachable moments. The teachable moments include brief video segments. Each gallery includes informational text beneath the presentation.  

This website is an excellent resource for your history studies and a wonderful insight into the life and world of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Tour Jimmy Carter’s Boyhood Farm

October 4th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, October 4, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm

(www.jimmycartervirtualtour.info/)

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

 

Our 39th President of the United States, James Earl “Jimmy” Carter Jr., was born on October 1, 1924 in Plains, Georgia. At this website, take a virtual tour of his boyhood home as President Carter shares stories of his life on the farm.

When arriving at the link the tour will immediately begin. Be sure to have your sound turned on to hear the President’s narration. The video image moves itself, but visitors can use the Left and Right buttons to move the image or simply click on it to stop it and drag to where you would like to look. You can also zoom in closer for a better look. Use the “Next” and “Previous” buttons to move through the slides. The tour can also be viewed in “Full” screen mode.

The tour begins in the back of the house, then moves onto the front. Other locations of the farm include: 

  • Tennis Court
  • Commissary (store)
  • Garden
  • Blacksmith shop
  • Pathway to farm bell
  • Barn
  • Clark House
  • Milking shed

What makes this simple tour special is the narrations from President Jimmy Carter. This will make a great addition to your presidential studies.

Virtual Field Trip to Alaska National Parks

August 16th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, August 16, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Northwest Arctic Heritage Center Tour

(www.nps.gov/kova/learn/photosmultimedia/virtual-tour.htm)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

Take a virtual tour of 3 National Parks in the northwest corner of Alaska. These parks are home to the “wide open spaces, unique plants and animals, the midnight sun, the northern lights, subsistence culture, and 9,000 years of human history.”

When you get to the site, you can watch the 10 minute video, “A Window to Your Parks.” It shows the remote landscapes of: 

  • Cape Krusenstern National Monument
  • Noatak National Preserve
  • Kobuk Valley National Park

Then when you finish that video, scroll down to the next video: Northwest Arctic Heritage Center Tour. Get an overview of the museum and hear how Eskimo Ice Cream is made!

Library of Congress: Lewis & Clark Exhibit

July 26th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, July 26, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Lewis & Clark Exhibit

(www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/virtualtour/)

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

 

With this website, explore the Northwest Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress to discover maps, notes, manuscripts, and more from the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Begin your tour by selecting the “enter tour” link on the first slide. Watch the slide show introduction then the tour begins. In each slide, select an image in the timeline to enlarge. Read through the text then click on the image to get a larger view. Select “Go Back” at the bottom of the slide to return to the timeline. Some images will open a new window with a presentation on the Library of Congress website. Simply close the window to return to the virtual tour. Select “Continue Tour” to move along. Sections of the timeline include: 

  • Prologue
  • Before Lewis & Clark
    • Beyond the Allegheny Mountains
    • The Spanish Entrada into the Southwest
    • Exploration of the Missouri River
    • British Passage to the Pacific
    • Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis & Clark
    • Discovering Diplomacy
    • Geography
    • Animals
    • Dressed in Courage
    • Plants
  • After Lewis & Clark
    • The Journeys of Zebulon Montgomery Pike
    • Long’s Expedition to the Central and Southern Plains
    • The Fur Trade
    • Wilkes and Frémont Expeditions
    • Boundary Surveys
  • Epilogue-Transcontinental Railroad Surveys

If you prefer not to use the interactive tour, visit the Rivers, Edens, Empires webpage on the Library of Congress site using the link under the interactive tour window.

Not only is this an interesting tour of the artifacts in the museum, but a wonderful addition to your westward expansion studies.

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