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Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips

Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips
Not every school has the resources necessary to take their students on an airplane . . . or spaceship. The iPad can bring the world to your students' fingertips in ways never before possible. Many national parks and museums have apps designed for onsite visitors. These navigational tools are also great for classrooms who can't make the trip. In fact, a variety of free apps can be used as virtual field trips so that children can travel the world from your classroom! National Parks by National Geographic National Parks by National Geographic is full of breathtaking pictures and information on National Parks including Acadia, Mount Rainier, Yellowstone and Zion. Gettysburg For a virtual tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield, the Gettysburg Battle app can be used in classrooms commemorating the 150th anniversary of this Civil War battle. Getty Museum The Life of Art app designed by the Getty Museum focuses on four items from their collection. NASA Earth Now Timeline - Art Museum Sphere

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This article about virtual field trips by Monica Burns suggests great apps to use in the classroom to expose students to places they would probably not get to see otherwise. "Not every school has the resources necessary to take their students on an airplane . . . or spaceship." Virtual field trips are great, students can visit national parks, Gettysburg, space, and many other places without leaving the classroom and often for free. by ampengilley Jun 29

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