How I Use It
This is a fun tool to learn about hidden historical facts and places around you. It grabs your location and shows you points of interest around you. My students and I had a lot of fun learning about places we were not even aware were in walking distance of where we were standing. It was a great tool to start a discussion about the "real life" of history. It was fun to let the app run in the background on our smartphones and read the pop ups that appeared when we were close to places that had historical significance. It is easy to get started on (as long as you have a gmail account) but would take some extensive time to set the limits on to ensure one is not bombarded with unwanted information, facts, and places. One example of this is that the app lists local food, fun, and drinks. Appropriate for adults but certainly a permission set you would want to limit for students. Another issue to be aware of is that some of the posts use mild profanity. A teacher would want to preview the posts before using with students.
I think the Field Trip app has great potential as a real time teaching tool in history, with some work on the user's end to set permissions and screen the information in advance. It lays out information in a clean, clear way that is easy to navigate. The text is written at a fairly sophisticated level and I wouldn't recommend using it for low literacy students without extensive support.