How I Use It
Learn Around The World is a great tool that can be used in multiple ways with various age groups in the classroom. The program is incredibly versatile and can be adjusted to fit each teachers and students needs. There are over a dozen programs available to choose from ranging from the arts, math/science, history and culture. If I were to use this site in my classroom I would display it on the board and complete a whole class interactive virtual field trip. I think this would be a great way to get students involved during class and get them excited about whatever subject we are learning as the virtual trip would bring real world situations into the discussion. I also think this tool could be used on an individual level as a homework assignment or in class activity that allows students to explore freely.
Overall I believe that if used efficiently, Learn Around The World can be a fantastic tool for teachers and students to introduce new places, cultures and ideas in an entertaining way which promotes global exploration. Some features that could be adjusted are the prices to view each field trip. While there is one free program, it runs on a schedule based time which you must pre-register for. To use any of the other global experience the price per program ranges from $150-200. Additionally, while there is great selection of locations to choose from, they are mainly located in North America, South America and Asia. However in the end, Learn Around The World is definitely a tool to consider using inside or outside the classroom as a means to introduce new cultures to students who wouldn't be able to experience them otherwise.