Thursday, February 18, 2010

Week 6 PLE

  1. Post a response to the following question:
    1. What other sensory experiences might complement the use of a virtual tour in your classroom (cite at least 5 specific examples).
  2. Select three virtual field trips from the examples website to download and review. Select virtual field trips to watch that address a different subject matter than your tour. Make a brief comment on each of the 3 field trips indicating what you like about their ideas. Link to examples.
  3. Write a paragraph reflecting on what you think the upsides and downsides are for implementing a virtual tour in the classroom.

1. Our experiences are not complete without the use of more than one sense: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, or touching. Creating these experiences with a virtual tour or fieldtrip is a major requirement. You could invite someone who has been to the places your talking about to come into your classroom and talk about their experiences and show pictures or bring in souvenirs. Say you're talking about the different cultures in your classroom or school, you could have students bring in objects that illustrates their culture. If you're talking about China, you could have a local vender come in with food. If you're talking about the rainforest you could have the sounds of the rainforest in the background. Or you could bring the ocean into your classroom through sand and water and maybe the sound of the sea.


3. A virtual fieldtrip is a wonderful tool that can be used in a classroom to show students things in the world. But, it has its upsides and downsides. Half the fun wiht going on a fieldtrip is leaving the classroom and going somewhere.

UNDER CONSRTUCTION—still working on my thoughts

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