Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Our Students Traveled the World Today

Today our students swam with sharks, walked on the moon, stood at the base of the Statue of Liberty, visited Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed, traveled to the Galapagos Islands and viewed many landforms around the world. They were excited, energetic and amazed that they were able to do all of these trips without stepping foot outside of our school! 

Our school was selected to take part in Google Expeditions, a new product from Google that allows teachers to take their classes on virtual field trips. Google provided all of the equipment, we provided the students! The day began with the teachers being oriented to the devices and learning how to take their students on the virtual trips. As classes came down to the library and community room throughout the day, each teacher facilitated a virtual field trip for their students. They immersed their students in experiences that brought abstract concepts to life and a deeper understanding of the world beyond their classroom.

Although nothing beats taking a real field trip, a virtual field trip is the next best thing! As students traveled around the world they oohed and aahed over every new site. They loved how the trips made them feel like they were really there. Learning came alive for our students today and it was great fun for everyone!

This was a great site to see in the morning!
Google brought everything we needed for the day!
Teachers learned how to use Google Expeditions first thing in the morning!
Students traveled around the world (virtually).
The students swam in the ocean with sharks!
Standing on the moon and looking at earth.
Visiting the Galapagos Islands!