Spark Student Motivation: Virtual Field Trips - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Spark Student Motivation: Virtual Field Trips

Good morning! Are you as happy as I am that it's Saturday?? I love my job and my class, but I sure do love my downtime on the weekends, too! I'm linking up with my BBB Joanne to share a way I am going to Spark Student Motivation this year! :)

I used to LOVE field trips when I was in school. It seemed like we took so many! Unfortunately, now, my kids don't get to take as many as I remember, mostly due to their financial situation (we just don't get enough money in when we ask for it). It's also because we can only be gone for a few hours because our school buses have to be back by a certain time to pick up the high schoolers, and can't leave until after they drop off all the middle schoolers. We take a couple each year, but nothing super extravagant.

This year, we are going to go on some virtual field trips! I found a great website: that enables students to "visit" places virtually- most of my students would never get the opportunity to see these places in real life, so I think they will love it!

A Teacher's Ultimate Destination for Virtual Field Trips
Teachers can take their students on field trips across the country and around the world. They can explore the Library of Congress or Lincoln Memorial through interactive tours. A baby panda, mysterious octopus and curious orangutan are just a mouse click away by way of zoo and aquarium web cams like the AnimalCams at the National Zoological Park. Tech Robotics, the Paleontology Portal and Amusement Park Physics are just a few of the virtual science adventures that can spark the imagination of young minds. Virtual field trips open up the world and the universe to students and their teachers. Whether it's a teacher-guided group field trip or individual student projects, the wide array of virtual tours freely available online can add an exciting dimension to the classroom.

Having a SMART Board will really come in handy for these, too! I've already checked out a couple that I want to do this year. Some are actual tours or trips- some are just really neat clips or pictures that you can get through in a couple minutes.

Here are a few I'm definitely going to do this year:

Have you ever done any "virtual trips" in your room? Any other resources I should check out? Please share with us in the comments below!


  1. Love it! I've done a couple (for a few people who couldn't afford to take the actual field trip to St. Augustine) and they were great, but I've never heard of this website! The possibilities are endless! Fantastic source and very motivational!
    Thanks for linking up BBB!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. I think virtual field trips are a great idea. I have never heard of that website though, thanks for sharing! I am sure they will look especially great on the SMARTboard!

    Eclectic Educating

  3. I agree that it's really sad that students don't get to go on fieldtrips like we did when we were kids. I feel like they're missing out on opportunities that they may never get otherwise. This is a great alternative!

  4. Thanks for sharing! With budget cuts this will come in handy!


  5. I've never taken a virtual field trip, but I love the idea. Thank you for the link. This seems like a fantastic opportunity to do a little bit more with my kiddos.

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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  6. I checked out a couple of these videos, and I can definitely use them.

    Thank you!


  7. Thanks for this link. I had a virtual field trip link awhile back, but the site went down. Thanks for sharing!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  8. This looks like a great idea! I'm excited to check the site out!

  9. This sounds amazing - thanks for sharing this resource - and I won't need to be counting heads every twenty minutes :)


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