Field Trip Zoom & CILC
Field Trip Zoom and the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration are two sites that act as brokers for virtual field trip providers. There are many other sites similar to both Field Trip Zoom and CILC. As educators continue to expand their use of technology to reach outside of their classrooms, more resources will be created to assist in that endeavour.
~ There are many pre-made trip opportunities available.
~ There are a variety of levels available, geared toward various topics and grades.
~ VFTs can be much less costly than actual field trips.
~ VFTs require only classroom teacher supervision.
~ Once organized and begun, VFT's can occur quite naturally and can evolve based on interests and the questions and responses given.
~ Sometimes the field trips may have a cost.
~ VFTs may be unavailable in certain areas.
~ Due to the cost, it may not be possible to view the VFT ahead of time to ensure it meets the teacher's needs.
~ Issues with technology could arise on the day of the VFT.
Here are three sample field trips from Field Trip Zoom. These partially presented field trips give teachers an opportunity to view what exactly they would be receiving, if they were to purchase the trip.