During a staff meeting, I shared out some of the challenges I perceived during the implementation of virtual field trips in a lesson. To paint the classroom picture, students participated in three rotations. Two rotations included an independent activity. One of the rotations was a virtual field trip with the teacher as a guide. The first day I implemented this rotation schedule it was crazy. Good Crazy. Students on the field trip shouted, "Wow, the pyramid is huge. " The students on the virtual field trip made sounds of excitement. While the other students in their other rotations were constantly looking over. I could see the curiosity take over the whole group. The students left the classroom talking about the field trip to the Pyramids of Giza.
My biggest challenge so far has been classroom management. Teachers at the staff meeting encourage me to prepare other guides. I quickly begin scouting guides in each sixth grade class. I had over 15 guides apply in the first day! To my excitement the guides were eager to learn and take students on field trips. I worked with the guides as they practiced setting up viewers to guiding a virtual field trip. Guides in learning had to pass a final test to be selected. In sixth grade we have at least 3 Spanish guides and 8 English guides. So far our guides have been working with sixth grade and kinder. We are hoping to get them into more classrooms!
Students conference with teacher to propose field trips that would supplement curriculum. For example, a kinder teacher request a google expedition on animals. Sixth grade guides downloaded and prepared oral guide script for kinder classroom for a field trip to the San Diego Zoo and Great Barrier Reef. Sixth grade guides go in pairs to conduct field trip.
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Michelle Villasenor is an elementary teacher that focuses on educational technology and student-centered learning to promote love for learning.