Microsoft in Education Virtual Field Trips
The Microsoft in Education website hosts virtual field trips via Skype. Take your students on an adventure without leaving the classroom. Skype field trips average about 30 minutes, typically starting with an introductory lesson on your topic and location and then followed by a Q&A so students can have their questions answered.
Or, host a virtual field trip via Skype. Training is provided.
|Microsoft in Education Virtual Field Trips||Free||Free for use.|
Educators need to sign up for a free Microsoft educator account to access the resource. I really like that the virtual field trips are searchable by age group, subject. There are 50+ field trips to explore.
I have used this tool with students to support a variety of subjects. For example, students taking part in the virtual field trip to Coast Rica to study sloths can learn about habitats, animal behaviors, regions, climate, and much more. On the strong side, there is an archive of field trips for classes to explore. This allows the teacher to easily customize this resource to fit individual needs. The field trips are categorized and searchable by grade level and subject. On the down side, advance scheduling and access to Skype is required. This site may not work for a teacher without access to Skype on the school’s network (the school or district IT department is blocking Skype). Overall, I give this resource a thumbs up based on its potential educational value for students.