Videoconferences:

What are these?

These are virtual fieldtrips in which the provider leads the lesson and the teacher facilitates the lesson from the classroom. There are many different topics available that range in subject, interaction level and grade level. On the EdTech Website we have a suggested program guide separated by grade and subject as a stepping off point, but you are able to search CILC or TwiceASK for more options. If you also would like suggestions, your TI team can give a list of providers we have used in the past.

How can I integrate these into my class?

Videoconferences are a great way to bring a field trip to the class without leaving the school! Different experts can bring new information to engage your students and answer their questions during the lesson.

Skype Fieldtrips:

What are these?

These are virtual fieldtrips (similar to a traditional videoconference) in which the provider leads the lesson and the teacher facilitates the lesson from the classroom. There are many different topics available that range in subject, interaction level and grade level. Some of these can be offered through the CILC website. Many of these are even free!

How can I integrate these into my class?

Skype fieldtrips, like videoconferences, are a great way to bring a field trip to the class without leaving the school! Different experts can bring new information to engage your students and answer their questions during the lesson.

Google Maps:

What is this?

Google Maps is a program that allows the user to journey around the world without leaving the classroom. It allows the students to explore famous landmarks with a 360° degree “street level” perspective. (For an example – Open Chrome, go to Google Maps – maps.google.com – and type in Machu Picchu. Zoom in to the Street view and enjoy exploring the ancient Incan city!)

How can I integrate this into my class?

Students can visit places they may not be able to travel to otherwise. They can view satellite imagery and “street level” (providing Google has been there) to explore different places.

Google Earth:

What is this?

Google Earth is a program that allows the user to have an arial view the world without leaving the classroom. It allows the students to explore the Earth from a topographical perspective. To use this program it must either be downloaded onto the device or viewed through Mozilla Firefox as a web only application.

How can I integrate this into my class?

Students are able to see to the world from space! They can make comparison of different geographic locations and landforms.

Google Sky:

What is this?

Google Sky is a website (also integrated with the Google Earth program) that allows the students to explore the universe around them. It allows them to click on some celestial objects (such as planets, nebulas, constellations, etc) and link to different sources of information such as views from the Hubble Telescope. There is also an app available (Sky Map) that allows the students to use an iPad (or other mobile device) to see the stars and celestial objects in a real time, spherical perspective.

How can I integrate this into my class?

Students can explore the universe around them and see imagery collected from major telescopes around the Earth. (It’s recommend to play with this before using it in the classroom as Google is changing how this program is being used.)

Hangouts for Education:

What is this?

Hangouts is a way to communicate (similar to Skype/Facetime) with others. This is tied to your Google Account.

How can I integrate this into my class?

Classes can meet face to face in “real time” without being in the same room or building. You may choose to collaborate with another class or staff member similar to a video conference.

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