Virtual Field Trips

    Virtual field trips are becoming more and more popular. Here are THE BEST free online virtual field trips.

    1. Google Art Projects
    A collection of 1000+ works from 17 highly acclaimed art museums in the world.  You can virtually walk the aisles of these museums and view high-resolution images of paintings like Van Gough’s “The Bedroom” and even share your whole collection.

    2. Google Sky
    Travel the stars with Google Sky. You can explore constellations, and even watch the birth of distant galaxies. You can even change the view of Google sky to see what the sky would look like if we had the ability to view the universe in x-rays or infrared.

    3. Smithsonian
    This is a complete virtual tour where all you have to do is follow the blue arrow around the museum to journey on a great tour of the museum that makes you feel like you’re actually walking the halls of the Smithsonian.

    Bring the 7 wonders of the world to your classroom with breathtaking panoramic which includes the Colosseum in Rome, The Great Wall in China, The Taj Mahal in India, and Machu Picchu in Peru.

    5. The Oxford University Museum of Natural History
    This virtual tour is of The Oxford University Museum of Natural History. This museum is home to extensive world-wide collections of zoology, entomology, geology, and mineralogy, including the local dinosaur finds, a 40ft Tyrannosaurus rex, the observation beehive, and Alice’s Dodo. Also, a part of the tour is the building itself; one of the finest examples of the Victorian Gothic style of architecture.

    6Inside the White House
    Travel floor-by-floor as you take an interactive tour of the White House and browse through history. Learn the significance each room has in the day-to-day workings of the White House.    The above 6 Virtual trips were created by Blogger, 


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    Free to the entire K-12 community, this programming uses the allure of Arctic dogsled expeditions and Arctic research as the vehicle through which K-12 teachers and students gain an understanding of natural and social sciences while they experience the cultures of the Arctic. Since 2000, these adventurous learning expeditions have circumnavigated the Arctic to observe, experience, and document traditional ecological knowledge and collect previously unknown in-situ environmental realities–while collaborating with K-12 students and teachers in state-of-the-art online learning environments. Standard-aligned curricula are also available.

    2. Global Trek

    This adventure from Scholastic looks like Expedia or Travelocity but is created for students eager to explore the world … from their computer. A student can choose from a list of countries and will be asked to keep a travel journal to write about different topics during their online trip.

    3. Google Lit Trips

    Google Lit Trips are free, downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey, there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought-provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story. According to their creator, Google Lit Trips “three-dimensionalize the reading experience by placing readers ‘inside the story’ traveling alongside the characters; looking through the windshield of that old jalopy in The Grapes of Wrath or waddling alongside Mr. and Mrs. Mallard’s duckling family in Make Way for Ducklings.”

    4. Hershey’s Factory

    Sometimes students just want to explore something cool, like chocolate. Thanks to step-by-step videos on its chocolate-making process, Hershey’s gives students a fun virtual field trip … even if it’s minus the smell and taste of chocolate!

    5. Le Louvre

    Take a virtual tour of the Louvre to experience a 360-degree panoramic view of many of the museum’s halls. The virtual tour web page offers different departments and architectural views of the museum. Tours currently include Egyptian Antiquities, Remains of the Louvre’s Moat, and Galerie d’Apollon, as well as many other rooms included in the museum (some are even closed to the public!).

    6. Mt. Everest

    From recent panoramas and photo galleries, to travel logs and fun facts, students can make their very own virtual climb of Mt. Everest.

    7. Museum of Natural History

    This comprehensive virtual tour allows visitors using a desktop computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android) to take a virtual, self-guided, room-by-room walking tour of the whole museum. Students can browse a list of past exhibits, which is included on the ground floor map. Visitors can navigate from room to room by clicking map locations or by following blue arrow links on the floor that connect the rooms. The desktop version includes camera icons to indicate hotspots where the visitor can get a close-up view of a particular object or exhibit panel.

    8. Panoramas of the world

    View high-definition panoramas from anywhere in the world, including snowy mountain tops and deep-sea coral reefs, at 360 Cities, which contains one of the internet’s largest collection of uploaded panoramic images. Students can access to navigable views of cities, natural landscapes and much more. The site also offers tools for people to create their own panoramas. For more specific panoramas, check out the Seven Wonders of the World. This website has panoramic views of all Seven Wonders of the World, which include the Colosseum in Rome, The Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, The Taj Mahal in India, Machu Picchu in Peru Christ Redeemer in Rio, and Chichén Itzá in Mexico.

    9. Space

    Take your younger students to the moon with these up-to-date, interactive resources from the Connections Academy Blog. Older students can explore Mars through NASA’s downloadable virtual field trip, an immersive multimedia application developed to support student and user exploration of areas on Earth that have been identified as analog sites to regions on Mars. Analog sites are those areas that share some common traits with sites on Mars and have been identified based on their significance and importance to NASA.

    10. White House

    “Inside the White House” is a good idea for older elementary and middle school students learning about government, as well as any civics or American history class. Students can watch videos or take an interactive tour through the West Wing, the South Lawn, the East Wing, and the Residence. There is also a slide show of the presidents and other historical information.   The above 10 Virtual trips were created by Associate Editor Meris Stansbury on Twitter at @eSN_Meris.