Research & Articles
The effects of flash panorama-based virtual field trips on middle school students’ spatial visualization ability, conceptual understanding, and perceptions0
This article compared a virtual field trip (VFT) to a traditional field trip, and found that traditional field trips tend to be more distracting for students, who remembered social interactions more than content in these situations. The VFT was found to be less fun for students, but enabled them to focus on the content with fewer distractions
This article explores virtual experiences for teaching secondary science, including: virtual digs, virtual field trips, and virtual reality field trips.
The effects of flash panorama-based virtual field trips on middle school students’ spatial visualization ability, conceptual understanding, and perceptions
In this study, 17 middle school geology students participated in a real field trip that used flash panorama-based virtual field trips (VFTs) to enhance student learning. The study found that students were very positive about the use of the flash panorama-based (VFTs) during their field trip, and also that students demonstrated improvement in their spatial visualization ability, as well as their knowledge, and comprehension of the subject matter.
Virtual field trips can provide a budget-friendly alternative to traditional field trips. This article includes plans for several virtual field trips, as well as insights into the process of developing them and the benefits of making these trips available to students.
Field trips and their effect on student achievement and attitudes: A comparison of physical versus virtual field trips to the Indian River Lagoon.
: A study comparing traditional and virtual field trips found no significant difference between the two when examining student attitudes, achievement, comprehension, or learning styles. This suggests that both field trip methods support student learning outcomes.