Field work is an immersive and experiential way to engage students in the learning process.
However, when you cannot hold a class on the Athabasca Glacier to examine glacial retreat or transport 60 students to Paris, France to study the urban form and function of the city, virtual tours provides a way to create that “in the field” experience.
Experiment to create a field work inspired activity for one of your courses using one of the following virtual tour experiences:
- Google Streetview connects with Google’s map service to show fully navigable views of map locations. This offers a means to observe anywhere on earth they have mapped. The Streetview Gallery provides examples of where you can go.
- MapCrunch uses Streetview to transport you to a random location in the world. This might work as a writing prompt or an exercise to explore the cultures where you land.
- Geoguesser provides random Streetview Images from around the world wrapped in a game format for identifying the location.
- Google Museum View uses the same technology to map streets to provide walk through tours of museums around the world.
- Google Map Treks takes to you inside the Taj Mahal, down inside the Grand Canyon, the Sambura National Refuge in Kenya, the Giza Pyramids in Egypt, and more.
- Google Earth lifts you from the streets to explore the entire globe. Explore any location in full 360 degree navigation.
- Google Earth Timelapse provides a way to explore satellite images of different locations over different periods of times.
- Google Tour Creator helps you create your own virtual reality tours.
Explore one or more of these virtual tours and find the web address to one specifically that you could build a lesson on the experience. In your response describe how you could integrate the tour and what it might offer your students.
Example for "Virtual Field Trips":