This article explores the use of virtual field trips (VFTs) for motivating and engaging “at risk” students who are considered reluctant readers and writers.
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This article outlines the development of virtual field trips (VFTs), including their advantages and disadvantages, and the resources and approaches currently available. VFTs can support and enhance learning, especially for students who are financially or physically disadvantaged.
Despite the well-known benefits of field trips, numerous challenges, such as lack of administrative support, cost, liability issues, and standards-driven accountability, can prevent these beneficial educational activities from being widely used. Virtual field trips (VFT) provide a cheaper and logistically simpler way to help students learn about and engage with the real world. This article draws on both research and practice to identify best practices for designing and using VFTs.
Virtual field trips can be an affordable way for students to experience the benefits of field trips without the expense. Easily accessible technologies such as videoconferencing and the Internet allow students to visit historically significant places, observe scientific experiments or other demonstrations, attend festivals or other significant events, and much more, either synchronously or asynchronously.
This article presents a framework and instructional strategy for enhancing literacy instruction among rural students. Virtual field trips are seen as one strategy for enabling rural students to experience places and cultural institutions they may not otherwise have opportunities to explore.
Virtual field trips (VFTs) allow students to experience places that can be too expensive or dangerous to visit in-person. They can be especially beneficial in the special education classroom because they allow students to experience laboratory and field locations at their own pace, repeat the experiences as often as they need to, and can readily rely on technological accommodations such as enlarged text, text-to-speech, and spell-checking. The article includes guidelines for teachers wanting to create their own VFT.
Virtual field trips (VFTs) offer opportunities for students to visit museums, historical sites, national parks, zoos and other locations without leaving their school, and their use has been increasing. In a time of rising costs and decreasing budgets, VFTs allow all students to have an equal opportunity to experience interesting and engaging educational experiences.
Virtual field trips (VFTs) allow students to experience the world at a fraction of the cost of a traditional field trip, helping them to see themselves as global citizens. While not a substitute for real-life immersion in a different culture, when paired with a strong curriculum VFTs can give students experiences that encourage them to further explore the world in person.
This article describes the ways in which the Internet can be used in education, focusing on the uses and benefits of virtual field trips (VFTs). VFTs are found to be most effective when they take place in an educationally valuable setting, tell a good story, and are organized by committed teaching staff. A VFT can be used as a stand-alone educational activity, or can be used to enhance more traditional activities.