SPARTA, NJ – The students at Helen Morgan School have been going on Virtual Fields Trips this year.  The trips are hosted by a variety of people on Skype or Google Hangout.  The classroom teacher sets the time to best suit their schedule.

"A trip allows students to get out of the classroom without having to physically leave," Media Center Specialist Stephanie Bernardo said. "Students are guided through exploration with reliable professionals and organizations. It allows teachers to extend the curriculum in a unique way."

“The Center for Interactive Learning or CILC provides high quality, content-rich webinars that give students the opportunity to connect and interact with experts in the field,” Fifth grade teacher Terry McMahon said.  “The video conferences are an engaging and motivating way to enhance our science curriculum and have students explore resources outside the classroom.”

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Students have virtually traveled:

  • Omaha Zoo,
  • Zion National Park – Desert Adaptations: World’s Largest Indoor Desert,
  • Revolutionary War Virtual Field Trip hosted by Lauren Tarshis sponsored by Scholastic,
  • Ellis Island Virtual Field Trip sponsored by Scholastic,

“This is a great way for students for make authentic connections with places outside of the classroom we would normally not be able to experience,” fifth grade teacher Heather Raquet said.

Later this month, McMahon’s class will be visiting the Mote Marine Laboratory to have an adventure with the sharks.