Describing Egypt offers visitors a growing bank of 360-degree virtual tours showcasing some of Egypt’s historical sites. The tours currently focus on the Ancient Egyptian Tombs of The 30 Dynasties reign, which spans across 3,000 years (2,859 years to be exact, from BCE 3200 to BCE 341). Students can visit locations from the three major kingdoms—the Old Kingdom (BCE 3200–BCE 2780) in Memphis (currently a suburb of Cairo), third to sixth dynasties; the Middle Kingdom (BCE 2134–BCE 1778) in Abydos (currently El Minya), eleventh and twelfth dynasties; and the New Kingdom (BCE 1570–BCE 1080) in Thebes (Luxor), eighteenth to twentieth dynasties. Each virtual tour has multiple locations. Within each location, focal points of interest are highlighted, allowing students to bring up additional information. Students will learn the stories from these locations—stories of their owners and their life and death—and they will follow the progression of art, culture, and architecture across Egypt’s long, rich, and diverse history.
Now with Apple ARKit, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar can be brought to life in the real world. Through an augmented reality experience, children can watch their own Very Hungry Caterpillar appear in their classroom, on a kitchen table, in a garden, on their playground, or anywhere else they want to play with it.
Fans of Jane Austen can visit her House from the comfort of their home, or wherever they are. They can stroll through the House, now a Museum, on a 360-degreevirtual tour, wander through the gardens with the Museum cat, or take in an online exhibition.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum provides unique fieldtrip opportunities for teachers and students to engage with the museum’s content online. Among the museum’s offerings are “Earth and Its Place in the Universe” (grades 5–12); “Finding Our Way: Geography and GIS” (grades 6–8)); “Living Through History” (grades 1–8); and “Paper Airplane Design” (grades 3–8).