1. Royal Botanical Gardens
We've been fortunate to tap into 3 different vfts from Karin at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Teachers have commented that Karin is extremely knowledgeable, well organized, and able to adapt to each teacher's needs. I would highly recommend vfts with the Royal Botanical Gardens, especially these three that we participated in.
a) Chocolate: From Treasure to Treat
b) How far has your food travelled?
c) Healing plants
This virtual field trip we did with our Outdoor Education 9 class. This class is an academy class and they were working on putting toether their flora/fauna of BC books together so Karin's presentation worked perfectly. Students had pieces of fresh rosemary, garlic, oregano, sage, and aloe vera to touch and smell as Karin led the students through the uses of these plants. She also talked about the environmental issues of harvesting these plants.
2. Amon Carter Museum of American Art
This was the first time I had dialed into a bridge and thankfully I had a teacher troubleshoot it for me because I would have been flustered doing it by myself. Now that I know how the bridge works, it won't be as daunting next time.
a) Let Freedom Ring
With this virtual field trip we decided to look at the civil rights movement through art to compliment the novel, In the Heat of the Night, that the English 9 class was reading. What I loved about this vft is that Nancy took us around the museum on her mobile unit and our students could see other people looking at various pieces of art. While we were being wheeled around, students could ask to stop and find out more about a certain piece of art.
3. Sheffield Museum
We did one vft last year and it was with Marty at the Sheffield Museum. Marty is extremely knowledgeable and entertaining and I really wanted to do a virtual field trip with him again. I knew we had the perfect grade 8 class to work with Marty this year and so we managed to schedule a presentation just before spring break.
a) Meet the Medieval Peasant
With this virtual field trip, Marty plays the role of Andrew the Medieval peasant and he manages to do this without breaking character. This grade 8 class had been looking forward to meeting Andrew and it was hard to contain their excitement. Marty manages to convey an incredible amount of information in an extremely entertaining fashion. The students asked very good questions and Marty didn't even hesitate when answering. Students willingly participated in a medieval dance while peasant Andrew played live music.
If you have the opportunity to participate in or organize I virtual field trip, I highly recommend it. A fabulous resource is CILC.org