Educators now have a wonderful advantage of teaching their students with virtual field trips. The use of textbooks, static materials and films are outdated and has become a boring way of trying to educate students.
Teachers and educators can now add virtual field trips into the planned curriculum. This is a way for students to learn on an interactive level. Students can benefit from these virtual field trips without even having to leave the safety and comfort of their classrooms.
One of the main advantages of the virtual field trip is that many locations all over the world can be visited. The old method of going on a field trip would limit students and teachers. They would only be able to visit locations that were within a short distance from the school.
Virtual field trips open up an array of opportunities to the educators as all the subjects that are taught are covered. The subjects taught can become a lot more interesting for students. This results in higher grades being attained by the students that are taught in this manner.
Another advantage of the virtual field trips is that there are no additional costs for the students and their parents. Some students are unable to attend regular field trips due to affordability issues.
Virtual field trips eliminate all the issues of extra costs, long traveling hours that are wasted on buses, and any other dangers that may arise outside school grounds. All the student needs now to attend a virtual field trip is to arrive at school for that day.
Any students that have experienced the embarrassment and shame in past situations were they were unable to attend events. They can now relax knowing that they will not be asked for any money to attend a future school trip.
The educators can additionally relax as they do not have to go to lengthy process of arranging a field trip. Regular field trips usually involve money that needs to be collected for the trip. Educators needed to make sure that each student had a permission slip signed by their parents in order to attend the trip.
The schools would additionally need to protect themselves from any legal problems that can arise off school grounds. Educators had the task of ensuring the safety of each and every student on the trip. This is a daunting task for any one as there are always a lot more students than there are chaperones.
Virtual field trips allow students to explore and learn at there own pace, if something is missed all the teacher needs to do is replay the part that was missed. Online field trips offer students an opportunity to ask questions. These questions will be answered by experts online.
The videos, pictures and sounds displayed on the virtual field trips enhance the students’ comprehension to learn. Regular field trips would usually mean that only one subject would be learned on that day. With the online trips time is saved and students are able to learn at a much faster pace.
Virtual field trips are an excellent way to educate students in manner that is enjoyable for both students and teachers alike.
Additional resources to plan your first trip:
Ten of the best virtual field trips
Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips