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Virtual Field Trip Apps and Websites

Field trips are informal learning experiences that get students out into the world, exploring the world and students' interests. Trips to museums, parks, historical sites, and more show students that learning (and life) happens outside the classroom, too. During field trips, students discover new things and learn in authentic environments, placing classroom content into new contexts. Unfortunately, for many schools and students, field trips are rare (if they happen at al). Thankfully, there are great games, apps, and websites that can bring places and experiences fostered by field trips to the classroom. While not an outright replacement, these field trip tools can offer inspiring and intriguing experiences for students.

Virtual Reality Experiences

Google Views Visit Website: https://www.google.com/maps/views/
Spinning panoramas mesmerize viewers, play well with other Google apps
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 2
Discovery VR Publisher: Discovery Communications
Immersive videos let students enter the magical world of VR
Grades 3-10
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Expeditions Publisher: Google Inc
Fire up the warp drive to bring VR field trips to your classroom
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
NYT VR - Virtual Reality Stories from the NYTimes Publisher: The New York Times Company
Immersive 360-degree videos take users inside the headlines
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4

On-the-Ground Reporting and Journalism

Detour - Immersive Audio Walking Tours Publisher: Detour
Great location-based history but presents implementation challenges
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Listenwise Visit Website: https://listenwise.com
Bring real-world stories from public radio into the classroom
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
StoryCorps Visit Website: http://storycorps.org/
From everyday to extraordinary, personal interviews get kids listening
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
NPR: Borderland Visit Website: http://apps.npr.org/borderland/
Illuminating, up-close-and-personal visit to the U.S.-Mexico border
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5

Online Museums

Asian Art Museum Visit Website: http://education.asianart.org
Inventive lessons and activities integrate Asian history, art, and more
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Lawrence Hall of Science: 24/7 Science Visit Website: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/
First-class site for science games and investigations
Grades K-5
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
MoMA Art Lab Publisher: MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art
Interactive projects, cool prompts, and famous works inspire creation
Grades 1-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Apprentice Architect: Fondation Louis Vuitton Publisher: Foundation Louis Vuitton
Examine an architectural masterpiece from the comfort of the classroom
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
National Geographic Education Visit Website: http://www.natgeoed.org
Explore the fascinating, wide world with multimedia resources
Grades 2-10
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
National Archives Visit Website: http://www.archives.gov/
Access U.S. history with treasure trove of docs, genealogy, and other resources
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Ford's Theatre Visit Website: http://www.fordstheatre.org/
Online museum offers exhibits, resources on Abraham Lincoln, Civil War
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Exploratorium Visit Website: http://www.exploratorium.edu/
Science experiments and activities abound in this comprehensive resource
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
MoMA Publisher: MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art
Museum companion can stand alone as a modern art resource
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Newseum Visit Website: http://www.newseum.org
Media museum's site mixes history and civics, teaches about journalism
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Visit Website: http://www.ushmm.org/
Extensive resource collection supports teaching about the Holocaust
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Google Art Project Visit Website: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/art-project
Massive online global collection makes art accesible to all
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
National WWII Museum Visit Website: http://nationalww2museum.org/
High-quality resources and activities offer an in-depth study
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4

Other Tools and Resources

NOVA Visit Website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova
Compelling science videos have high-quality classroom applications
Grades Pre-K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Discover Science Visit Website: http://www.calacademy.org/science/
Bring the California Academy of Sciences into your classroom
Grades K-10
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Google Earth
Cool geographical exploration tool has endless classroom applications
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Oddizzi Visit Website: http://www.oddizzi.com/
Kids travel the world, cultivate global curiosity and responsibility
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Google Lit Trips Visit Website: www.googlelittrips.com
Free virtual sightseeing tours let kids explore literary settings
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Google Treks Visit Website: http://googletreks.org/index.html
Cool tool uses maps to create fun projects, could use some updating
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Project Noah Visit Website: http://www.projectnoah.org/
Engaging online community for relevant, hands-on science fieldwork
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Google Maps Publisher: Google
Cool extras bolster top navigation app
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Field Trip Publisher: Google
With a few tweaks, nifty augmented reality app can be classroom-ready
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3