Virtual field trips offer multiple advantages for expanding students' horizons and their view of our community here in Stanislaus County.
What is a virtual field trip, exactly?
Virtual field trips are authentic digital learning experiences that allow students to explore a topic under a different light, not as a production. This experience provides the opportunity for student to still take a "trip" which will reinforce standards based skills and concepts.
Even though virtual field trips may not explicitly teach social-emotional skills, these skills can be integrated right into the discussions as you learn together. Consider what the setting is, what the social expectations might be, how students might prepare for actually visiting that place, what interactions they might have, and more. This is where virtual field trips solidify their place in a teacher’s bag of pedagogical tricks. These trips provide a sense of adventure, and at the same time a feeling of normalcy.
Where should you go?
The Stanislaus County Office of Education is constructing and curating a cache of virtual field trips with LOCAL businesses. Be sure to check back for new adventures.