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I have used the virtual field trips in a number of ways. I have reserved a computer lab so that all of my students could be working on a field trip at the same time but at their own pace. I have six desktop computers in my classroom so my go-to option has been to have students complete a field trip at a station. This way I am using the technology I have in my classroom without having to compete for lab time or deal with the hassle of a laptop cart. (We all know a teacher that leaves it a mess right before you use it!) I have also had students work on field trips using the GBP Education app on devices such as iPads (iTunes) or BLU Vivo (Android). I have purchased headphone splitters to allow partners and small groups to work from one device, further maximizing the technology available to students in the classroom.
Since the virtual field trips are aligned with the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE), my students receive the information they need to be successful in 8th grade social studies by participating in these field trips. I have used the field trips at the beginning of units, in the middle and at the end before assessment. I have used portions of the field trips such as videos, images and maps in my direct instruction. The field trips have been early finisher options and homework. Some field trips have even completely replaced a unit that would be traditionally taught. For Andersonville and Jimmy Carter, I only had my kids complete the virtual field trips. Our discussions and their assessment data prove that they can and do learn with this media. And because it is so visual, the information is stored in their long-term memories.