Virtual Field Trips are a great way to expose students to the wonders of our world without the expense and time of a real trip. Most museums and historical sites have an online presence and many have virtual tours. Check their sites for more information. Here are some that do have great online resources: Colonial Williamsburg, National Museum of the American Indian, The British Museum, The Anne Frank Annex, American Red Cross Museum, National Museum of American History, The Imperial War Museum, The Vatican Archives and many more.
Here are a lot of great resources for virtual field trips:
Smithsonian Institute Museums has a lot of resources to use as virtual field trips.
Google has some great resources that are excellent for virtual field trips, including Google Maps and Street View.
- Mapping Brazilian islands, above ground and under the sea - explore areas you can't even go in real life
- Growing up in the shadow of Everest - a virtual tour of the greatest mountain on Earth.
- Google Maps goes Underwater! Explore the Great Barrier Reef - explore one of the greatest natural resources for marine life
- Google Maps now has street views of Brazil and Prehispanic Mexican Cities
- Visit the Amazon with Google Maps Street View - great resource
- Google Maps adds Photo Tours of World Landmarks - in 3D - excellent views and tours of these wonders
WhatWasThere - historical photos linked to Google Maps - visit the past!This site connects historical photos to Google Maps, letting you see what places looked like in the past. You can tour locations, browse photos and even upload your own historical photos.
The Grand Canyon National Park’s Distance Learning Program is a great resource for schools to let their students explore one of the most famous national landmarks.
The Virtual Field Trips Wiki has some great tips and resources for creating virtual field trips using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Google Earth.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Virtual Field Trip shows the student around the JPL, explaining what the mission is and what they do. A great way to learn more about one of the most advanced science research labs in the world.
Virtual Tour of NASA Goddard Space Center and Missions goes through the entire life cycle of a mission from idea, to design, to construction, to testing, to launch to operations and finally the analysis of the data collected.
Virtual Field Trip Resources
Google for Education Resources
Here are a lot more great, free Educational Resources from NASA