Friday, February 3, 2012
Day 3 -- Take a Virtual Field Trip with zipTrips
Today's post is provided by guest blogger Jamie Loizzo with Purdue zipTrips.
No funding for field trips? No worries. Get creative! Push the envelope with technology! Take your students on a virtual field trip.
Purdue zipTrips™ connect science students across the country with scientists in real-time. This is a great way to introduce your students to STEM careers. zipTrips are FREE and based on Indiana and national middle-school science standards and include online lesson plans, scientist profile videos, and a LIVE 45-minute electronic field trip. Check out this preview clip of the upcoming February 16th ‘It’s a Gene Thing!’ zipTrip:
Make it interactive and memorable! Use email in your classroom during the zipTrip for students to send in questions to the scientists and possibly have their questions answered LIVE ‘on-the-air.’ zipTrips are also partnering up with a new, social-media program called Purdue HotSeat. Students can use laptops, mobile phones, iPads, iPods, etc. to log in to HotSeat, post questions for the scientists, vote on the questions they would like to see featured, and have discussions with one another. Check out this video showing how it all works:
How could you use virtual fieldtrips in your classroom? Are you going to participate in zipTrips' virtual fieldtrip this month? Have you used a virtual fieldtrip with your students? Do you see virtual trips as a good alternative to offsite fieldtrips? Share your thoughts and plans.
Posted by: Jamie Loizzo, Purdue zipTrips Project Manager
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