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.

This activity is part of the Let’s Experiment section of the Experimenter Module.

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  • Virtual Field Trip – Colorado River
    by Elizabeth Stanley (@Penny123)

    My Project Management class students are all graduate engineers.  Many of them are visual learners so the pictures of the Colorado River  in the Google Map Trek provide them with context.  I plan to have them discuss project management issues that I have created that relate to the Colorado River.  Many of my students can more… »

  • Visiting cities as part of the quality of life
    by Dorina Grossu (@dgrossu)

    I think that we all like to visit cities because it is a way of active learning from each culture. For students, I created here a short video by using the Tour Creator. I went with my family many times to Rome and several other cities in Italy. I do feel connected to Italy at more… »

  • Tina’s Virtual Field Trip
    by Martina Kolodzey (@Tiniko)

    Thank you for showing me what I can do here! Right now, we can’t do any field trips, or even meet in the classroom.  Google Tour and maps allowed me to make a tour of places in Waterloo.  Starting at the college, we could tour anywhere.  In this case, we went all the way to more… »

  • Virtual Field Trip – MapCrunch Exercise
    by Connie Palmer (@ConniePalmer)

    MapCrunch is a great addition to my teaching curriculum! Each day MapCrunch will take the learner to a unique address somewhere in the world. I have decided this is an excellent way to have my Occupational Health & Safety students compare and contrast safety around the globe. If you review the attached document you will more… »

  • Monet
    by Stephanie Müller (@smuller)

    As part of our Intercultural Understanding strand, students are asked to pick a famous Canadian artist and a famous French speaking artist and find out about aspects of their culture through their work. As an exemplar, this virtual tour would be an engaging way for students to learn about Claude Monet and his life and more… »

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