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Computer Based Virtual Field Trips

, , , , Georgia Southern University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-45-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This paper will discuss Computer Based Virtual Field Trips that use technologies commonly found in public schools in the United States. The discussion will focus on the advantages of both using and creating these field trips for an instructional situation. A virtual field trip to Cumberland Island National Seashore, St. Marys, GA will be used as a point of discussion for the technologies involved and the value of their use for instruction in a science classroom. While this field trip is being used as a discussion point, the techniques and advantages identified can be applied over a P-16 grade range in all subject areas. If the decision is made by an instructor to create a virtual field trip, the technologies used can be as simple as using digital pictures and text in Microsoft Powerpoint or Hyperstudio or as complex as using digital video and panoramas in MacroMedia Director. The level of complexity will depend on the technology available and skills of the developers.


Hosticka, A., Schriver, M., Bedell, J. & Clark, K. (2002). Computer Based Virtual Field Trips. In P. Barker & S. Rebelsky (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2002--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 312-316). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved January 17, 2020 from .


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