Gather information (Internet, colleagues, personal experience) regarding the value
of virtual field trips. In 500 words or more, discuss the pros and cons of using
virtual field trips in educational settings, both in general and in your specific
Select ten (10) virtual field trips from the Virtual Field Trips Collection page.
For each of the ten write at least one paragraph of summary and evaluation of the
particular virtual field trip site. In addition, explain how this field trip might
be used by a teacher in creating a lesson. Be sure to include the URL (Web address)
for each site. Feel free to substitute other virtual field trip sites if you desire.
Begin your own annotated list of resources useful for taking and/or making virtual
field trips. Locate a minimum of ten (10) potential resources. After listing the
resource and the location of the resource, provide an annotation that describes how
this resource might be useful. Possible resources include, but are not limited to:
websites, books, journals, magazines, audio/video tapes, persons, classes, programs,
etc. Please include some current, pertinent and timely professional articles, journals,
Make a diagram of an existing virtual field trip web site. Any of those listed in
the Virtual Field Trips Collection are potential candidates for this project, or
you may use any field trip site on the Internet.
Draw circles, squares, triangles, etc. to represent the different pages on the site.
Title each page on your diagram. Draw lines connecting the pages to show the links
between pages. Pages that are linked to, but are from other sites may stop with the
name of the other site.
Notice that a flow chart is, in reality, a map of where you can go on a site and
how to get to those locations. If you are going to take a field trip, either in virtual
reality or in real life, it is helpful to have a map to guide you to the destinations
then show you what you can do at the site. A flow chart is just such a map and serves
as the starting point for designing a field trip.
This is a sample only. Feel free to be creative.
When you design your own virtual field trip (project 8) you will initially create
a map or flow chart (project 7) of each page that will make up the virtual trip.
Pages may include text, graphics or activities.
Create a simple flow chart diagram for a potential virtual field trip visit to your
school, home, backyard, or another place with which you are familiar. See the sample
flow chart of the Los Angeles River. This assignment need not be a realistic field
trip. The purpose is to practice making a flow chart of a field trip to a very familiar
This will be a more complex flow chart for the actual virtual field trip you will
create and deliver in Project 8. You may need to go to the actual physical location
of your virtual field trip. Here you will take the pictures for your web pages, gather
your information and descriptions of the places that will be part of your field trip,
talk to people, take notes and get ideas for activities. It is not required that
you actually physically visit the site of your field trip as you can obtain information,
graphics, pictures, links, and activities from the Internet. Be aware, however, of
misuse of copyrighted materials.
Create a flow chart showing each of the individual pages that will be part of your
virtual field trip as well as the links between pages. You may want to include links
to related web pages which should be indicated with an arrow to the listing of the
Project #8: Create and Deliver a Virtual Field Trip with Lesson Plan (30 points)
Upon completion of this project, please send an e-mail notification to the instructor
indicating the URL for the location of your virtual field trip on the World Wide
Web, or send a disk with your virtual field trip (go to Delivery Instructions).
After completing the flow chart (Project #7) for your virtual field trip, you are
ready to begin creating your actual pages (typically Web pages). Using the photos,
notes, and information gathered from the actual physical location (or from the Web),
create your pages and links in one of the following ways.
Web page format (HTML). (Please see the Appendix for the location of Web based HTML
Microsoft Word presentation.
Other options please discuss with the instructor.
Your virtual field trip must also include at least one teaching lesson plan that
relates to a subject matter framework or standard. See Lesson Plan Requirements for
Project #5. The lesson plan should be created as a page in your virtual trip and
should be a linked from the virtual field trip pages.
After you have created your virtual field trip pages with the accompanying lesson
plan, you are ready to deliver it. Delivery options include:
Uploading it to an Internet Server. (Please see the Appendix for the location of
free Web server space.) E-mail the URL (Web address) to the instructor.
Sending an e-mail with your virtual field trip as an attachment.
Burning your virtual field trip to a CD-ROM and sending it by surface mail.
Saving your virtual field trip to a computer disk and sending it by surface mail.
Project #9: A Project of Your Own Design 10 to 30 POINTS
Delivery mode will be determined when the project is discussed via e-mail with the
Must have prior approval from the instructor.
This project begins by submitting a proposal to the instructor in which you describe
what you want to do and why (also indicate which project it is replacing. This project
of your own design should be weighted point-wise the same as the project it is replacing.)
Projects must be related to virtual field trips in some way. After receiving your
proposal, the instructor will discuss it with you through e-mail.
The deliverables for this project should include, but not be limited to:
1. Description of your project
2. Justification of how it fits into this course content
Alignment to content standards for the classroom
4. What you learned or how it benefited you with respect to this course
5. How your project might be of use to others in the future