Scientific Explorations Through Virtual Field Trips
Teachers can show their students that science, exploration, and conservation are alive outside of their textbooks by joining virtual field trips with National Geographic Explorers. Several times a month, students can participate inExplorer Classroom and connect with National Geographic explorers in Google Hangout events. On January 11, for example, students met a big cat researcher and conservationist who works on human–carnivore conflict throughout east and southern Africa. Thanks to satellite technology, students were able to connect with the Explorer while he was working in the field in Botswana. To participate in Explorer Classroom, teachers need to register online. The first six classrooms to register will be awarded on-camera spots. Those classrooms will have the opportunity to interact with the featured Explorer directly—just like in a Skype call. In addition, an unlimited number of people can watch live on YouTube, and anyone can ask questions by tweeting #ExplorerClassroom. All Explorer Classroom hangouts are recorded so teachers can review them a second time or save them for just the right moment in their instruction.
Throughout the summer months, students can explore the science behind some of their favorite summer activities. On PBS LearningMedia’s Science of Summer website, students will discover the physics of sailing, the chemistry of campfires, the mineral composition of sand, the forces that allow humans to ride bicycles and rollercoasters—and more.
Google’s Science Journal transforms students’ mobile devices into a science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data, and record observations from the world around them. The app, which is available for iOS, Android, and most Chromebooks, offers a suite of tools to measure light, motion, sound, G-forces, and more.
When students ask, “How does that work?” they can easily find out on the JigSpace platform. Using the app (for iOS), students can view step-by-step interactive 3D breakdowns of complex ideas, objects, and phenomena.