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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Virtual Field Trips - Meet Me At the Corner

Looking for virtual field trips? Meet Me At the Corner is a fun website which focuses on sharing short, educational videos which get kids thinking about a wide variety of topics.

I've been receiving the Meet Me At the Corner virtual field trips newsletter for several months now and I've been really impressed with the range of topics. Recent topics include:
These all sound great to me. It's too bad that my computer is not letting me view the videos - hopefully you'll have better luck. Upcoming topics sound great too and include: Cable Cars; The History of Chemistry; and Wolf Rescue.

As well as the videos, Meet Me At the Corner provides related websites, quizzes, and reading suggestions to accompany the virtual field trips. You can also submit your own field trips to share with other homeschooling families and there are lessons on how to make a podcast.

Do you have another virtual field trip site to share? What do you think about virtual field trips compared to live field trips?


Robin Shreeves said...

I'm not a home schooler, but these would come in handy on a rainy Saturday afternoon when my boys wanted to do something on the computer. Thanks for the tip.

jugglingpaynes said...

I think virtual field trips are a cost effective way to get various experiences. They remind me of my childhood with Mr Rogers Neighborhood and Picture Picture, where Mr Rogers would show how various things were made in different factories.

I still prefer the hands on approach. There is nothing like getting the full on sensation--sights, sounds, smells, etc.--on an actual trip. It's just nice to know there are cheaper options when it costs too much to do an actual field trip!

Peace and Laughter,

Alison Kerr said...

Thanks Cristina and Robin for the comments. I totally agree that it's best to get out and do a field trip live. The internet brings so many possibilities to us though, allowing us to see and connect with places and people which otherwise would be impractical. It's making us global citizens in a way we didn't used to be, which I think is a positive thing.

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