Bring the Field Trip to You
What areas of your school are usually hidden from student view? Think outside of the box (or classroom) to consider taking your students on a trip to:
The Cafeteria (speak with your Cafeteria manager to get permission)
The Principal's Office
The boiler or maintenance area
Any nearby parks, businesses, or landmarks
Of course, be sure to keep student safety in mind when exploring around your school.
The Carter Center (and other actually-free trips)
Explore Your School/Community
While it may seem like an easy thing to work into busy school schedules, field trips do provide students with the opportunity to share a common experience beyond their immediate communities. Below are some creative ideas to add field trips to your classes.
Local attractions like Zoo Atlanta offer mobile services where they will bring animals to you! Find out more about this and other mobile field trip offerings below:
The STE(A)M Truck mobile makerspace
As you may or may not know, The Carter Center, established by former President Jimmy Carter, offers free admission for school groups (note: priority is give to Title I schools). Learn about U.S. history along with President Carter's philanthropic work via interactive displays and immersive exhibits.
If you wish to look beyond The Carter Center, this list from TheHomeschoolMom.com offers ideas on other free locations within an hour of Metro Atlanta which include:
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame (to be housed in the new Sun Trust Park)
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (book group guided tours 6 months out)
Here's our collection of free field trips via Padlet
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This week's theme: A Creative Take on Field Trips
The Friday 5: Concise, curated content to enhance the digital and multimedia learning in your corner of the world.
Now, more than ever, various organizations are offering virtual field trips. Most of these require only an internet connection. Take your students to far away places with just the click of a mouse.
eduScapes (though the page looks outdated, many of the links aren't)
Ideas from Education World
Digital Field Trips
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Virtual Reality Field Trip Options
For a fully-immersive experience, give your students a pair of Google Cardboard lenses (or fancier options here) and take your students on a virtual reality guided (or unguided) trip.
YouTube 360 (timed, 360-degree videos students can view)
Search for "360 video" to find these selections
Google Expeditions (requires viewers and a tablet)
Nearpod VR (this can be purchased at the individual level)
Do you want to forego the headsets and take an entire class on a VR Field Trip through Mars? Take a look at the video below to see how one studio partnered up with Lockheed Martin to do exactly that.