This week, I witnessed something very cool -> Virtual Field Trips Powered By Microsoft Canada. I went to the Toronto Zoo and watched students from B.C. get a real time behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo’s Great Lakes Program. This takes classroom learning to a digital level…
Virtual Field Trips Powered By Microsoft Canada
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Microsoft Canada is partnering with heritage sites and points of interest including the Toronto Zoo to give Canadian students (grades K-12) the opportunity to learn more about their country – without leaving their classroom – via Skype virtual field trips. As part of the Explore Teach Build program this takes learning beyond the classroom; visiting national heritage sites and engaging with site tour guide’s in real-time through Skype Virtual Field Trips.
Pictured above: Janet Kennedy (President of Microsoft Canada) and Robin Hale (Chief Operating Officer at the Toronto Zoo) at the virtual visit.
Imagine a connecting Canadian sites with Canadians students – despite more than 4,000 kilometers of geographical distance between them.
The virtual field trip was easy, engaging, and educational. The students sat quietly while material was presented. They then had the opportunity to ask questions and get answers in real time. It was a live learning adventure.
I find my kids (like all kids these days) very in tune with digital education and learning beyond the classroom. The modern student is well versed in smart boards and the internet. They connect differently with digital learning than with black board learning (not to say black board learning is obsolete. It is still very much needed in today’s classrooms. But there is room for more than one tool for presenting educational opportunities. And educators are harnessing all the things to engage students today).
It’s interesting to see the Microsoft Canada tools we use in everyday, adult, work environments have a place in the classroom. Skype is a very dynamic tool. Celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation is the perfect platform to harness the power of Skype and connect classes with favourite Canadian heritage sites and/or moments in Canadian history.
Related: students can work independently or in teams to build their favourite historical sites in Minecraft: Education Edition -> free trial available.
Imagine how technology can take students places where school buses can’t…
Disclosure: This post is powered by Microsoft Canada.