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Teacher Guiding Virtual Field Trip Websites for Classroom Science EdTech
Technology is a great way for students to have genuine, authentic experiences with the sciences. Vicki Davis, a teacher and IT director at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia offers the following ideas:

Great for virtual field trips, Google Earth offers maps and satellite views of the entire world, while Google World Wonders brings to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world, making a wide variety of images and information about world heritage websites accessible to students.

If you don’t know any scientists (yet!), you can find scientist interviews and mini lectures on the web. For example, Andre Vanden Heuvel, an online physics teacher, sees science everywhere, as he explains in his video blog.

Citizen science projects can be found on the following websites:,, NASA Citizen Science, the Smithsonian’s tree banding project. Also, check out The Global Classroom Project and The Flat Classroom Project for more ideas.

We also invite you to take at look at the Global Read Aloud, which started in a classroom and now involves over 500,000 students in 60 countries. Its most recent cycle started on October 6, 2014.

A blog post on Why Digital Learning is Just Different, and this article from Learning Unlimited on tips and resources for extending learning outside the classroom may also be helpful.

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