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Using Google+ for Virtual Field Trips

Using Google+ for Virtual Field Trips

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  1. What is a Virtual Field Trip
  2. How to use Google+ for your virtual field trip
  3. Sharing your Google Hangout to Youtube
  4. Virtual Field Trip ideas

In this tutorial, you will discover how you can use Google+ in your classroom for virtual field trips.

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Tutorial

What is a Virtual Field Trip

Watch 0:00 to 2:30 about what is a Virtual Field Trip. This company gives a great description on the benefit of virtual field trips. The remaining part of the video describes the technology that the company offers. The value of Google+ over this company is:

1. Google+ is free
2. You can use Google+ on any platform and on mobile devices
3. Did I mention it is free?

Virtual Field Trips in Google+

Virtual Field Trips connects cultural institutions like museums, zoos and aquariums with schools and non-profits around the country via Google+ Hangouts On Air. Hangouts On Air allow institutions to share universal access to unique cultural and educational experiences regardless of geographical and financial restrictions.

Source: Google+

Creating a learning community using Google+

The following article gives you step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) to set up a learning community for your classroom.  As a teacher, you can provide further resources about the discussion before and after the virtual field trip to help students get a much richer experience.

Please note that users in the community need to be 13 years of age and older.

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Source: "11 Steps to Create A Google Plus Community for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning." 11 Steps to Create A Google Plus Community for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2014.

Get connected to other classrooms

To get connected to the Google+ Teacher Community, click here to fill out the form.  This link will begin the process of getting you connected to other classrooms.

10 Best Virtual Field Trips

In the following article, the author lists the 10 best virtual field trips for students.  I want to encourage you to think outside the box and come up with your own virtual field trips for your students.

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Source: Stansbury, Meris. "Ten of the Best Virtual Field Trips | ESchool News | 2." Ten of the Best Virtual Field Trips | ESchool News | 2. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2014.

Google+ Hangouts and more...

If you want to create your own Google+ Hangouts and save them to youtube, check out THIS LINK made by Google with all its awesome features.

Source: google.com