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VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS H


BY JULIE MILLAN AND LEAH KEARNEY


ave you ever seen an active volcano? Are you interested in exploring the Canadian Arctic? Do you want to see the impact of climate change


on a glacier? Or maybe you want to explore a museum or art gallery? As we look at ways to enhance our curriculum and engage our students in new learning, one option is to head out on a virtual field trip. The advan- tage of a virtual field trip is that you can visit amazing places all around the world with- out having to leave the room. No need for a passport or even field trip forms! From a curriculum perspective, you can custom- ize each field trip to compliment any cur- riculum through your lesson plans. You can connect with communities around the world and bring a global perspective to your students. The virtual tours listed here are just a sample of the places and people you can visit as sites all around the world are expanding their virtual tour options during the COVID-19 travel restrictions.


36 ETFO VOICE | WINTER 2020


to bring in a virtual guest speaker to enhance your virtual arts program. You will need to register to attend the program.


Art Gallery of Ontario: Virtual Field Trips ago.ca/visit/group-visits/virtual-


school-programs


Currently, the Art Gallery of Ontario is of- fering free 30-minute conversations with an AGO Art Educator. Topics include Indig- enous Art and Artists, Art and the Environ- ment and Art and the Senses, just to name a few. Each session is designed using the Ontario Curriculum as a foundation and includes an element of wellness and a small, creative exercise. What a great opportunity


Cambridge Butterfly Museum cambridgebutterfly.com/virtual- monarch-program/


The Cambridge Butterfly Museum is cur- rently offering a free virtual field trip experi- ence for students in grades 1-6 called Mon- archs: A Species at Risk. The materials focus on species at risk, their habitat, life cycle and how humans can help. Educators who reg-


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