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-degree virtual tour, wander through the gardens with the Museum cat, or take in an online exhibition. One virtual exhibit explores the importance of letters in Jane Austen’s life and work through objects from the Museum. A choice collection of curiosities, Jane Austen’s Teenage Writings are short, funny, a bit wild, and madly inventive. Students can read, learn, and play with new online resources, including an interactive writing game and six short films inspired by Jane Austen. Teachers can book a guided walk-through of the virtual exhibits with opportunities to chat and ask questions. And students can experience a new digital program of talks and conversation events from Jane Austen’s House at anytime on YouTube.
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.
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).
TimeTours: Uxmal takes students on a virtual trip to the golden age of the Maya, using modern 3D reconstructions. The virtual trip through time brings the past to life in threespherical panoramas that put students right into several important locations of ancient Uxmal using the built-in compass feature.