With today’s connected classrooms, field trips aren’t limited to your county, your state, or even your country. Students are taking virtual field trips to some of the world’s most amazing locales with experts as their guides, thanks to Skype. The website hosts a series of tours covering a wide range of educational subjects. For example, students can interview a Yellowstone National Park ranger and speak with an underwater videographer and shark diver. The free tours last from 15 minutes to an hour.
Against the backdrop of COVID-19, racial violence, and action for justice and healing, back-to-school is nothing like normal. But as schools reopen—online, in person, or both—Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is offering a series of webinars that will look at the challenges of the moment.
Countless educational conferences have had to go virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic, but one of the biggest benefits of real-world conferences has been lost: the casual meetings with other educators that often produce new ideas and opportunities. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and Northeastern University are testing a new video chat service called Minglr that lets online conference-goers bump into each other virtually.