“Enjoy your field trip to the state park. Due to the budget, there won’t be any field trips at all next year," my principal said to us during our team meeting last week.
Budget cuts, the need for an ever-increasing number of chaperones per student, and about a million other obstacles educators face every day are making class field trips a thing of the past. It’s a shame, because allowing our students to discover and explore in an environment outside of the classroom can be an amazing way to inspire a love of learning that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
We can whine and complain about not being able to take field trips, but once we’re done with that – what’s next? Virtual field trips can give students a bit of the “field trip experience” without the need for funding, permission slips, and chaperones.
Here are some quick pointers on how to make virtual field trips an exciting and useful part of your lesson plan:
Read How to Plan a Virtual Field Trip