School Field Trips Turn to Digital Technology

Monday, December 3, 2012

When Nina Corley, a high school history teacher in Galveston, Texas, prepares her students for a field trip, more often than not these days she sets up a large monitor in the front of her classroom and dials in to a live broadcast that is brought directly to the screen.

In November, Corley's students virtually explored the late 1700's to learn about the French and Indian War. This month, they will be learning about 18th Century music while playing "Colonial Idol" through the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Emmy Award-Winning Electronic Field Trip Series.

After about two hours of virtual tours of the Virginia-based museum's historical content, students are given the opportunity to ask questions of experts in a session brought to them by Colonial Williamsburg's live dial-in service.

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