Taking a virtual field trip means an opportunity to go around the world without leaving school. And in Bridget Kaufhold’s fourth grade class, students knew that children they saw projected on the white board were in a
different state. However, they did not know which one. The students on the screen didn’t know where the fourth graders were located either. Their assignment was to use a series of yes-no questions and learn where their counterparts location was.
The activity is called a Mystery Skype. It’s a new learning exercise in schools, a result of the education division of the Internet chat service.
Virtual field trips can also include cyber tours of sites with educaational value, conversations with experts, and cultural exchanges over video conference. They are an innovative way to overcome the budgetary and logistical challenges of out of classroom experiences through the use of technology.