Are School Field Trips A Thing Of The Past?

I remember, with great fondness, looking forward to school field trips. It didn’t really matter where we were going, just that we were getting out of school for the day and learning hands-on somewhere else.

The coronavirus pandemic has affected the education system in many ways. Kids have learned to attend classes from a laptop, mastering the art of Zoom, webcam setting, and digital work. Even for teachers, it’s been an informative experience. 

Additionally, the safety requirements have transformed many of the school’s activities, even now that children are back in the classrooms. School trips are deemed unsafe for most schools, as they could expose large groups to a source of viruses. Besides, the restrictions in place in some venues make trips challenging to plan for the time being. It’s not the first time schools have faced unique challenges. Thanks to the pandemic experience, many educational institutions are familiar with contact-free alternatives that would be suitable for school trips. 

Switching the visit to the local museum for a VR day

Some of the most famous museums in the world have been offering virtual tours during the pandemic, and they still have those tours available. Schools could even organize a VR tour of the British Museum in London, England! Now that is an exciting school trip that beats the more traditional plans. For art classes, the Guggenheim Museum in New York is a must-see, along with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France. 

With a virtual tour, schools can take kids to a new country without even leaving the classroom. Additionally, it’s worth investigating school-friendly tours, which include engaging animations and videos for younger visitors. Many history museums and centers have created online games and videos to make their content more accessible to kids. 

Visiting places you couldn’t reach with a school trip

Space education can play a significant role in the future of the STEM community. Children who fall in love with space could join spatial research, exploration, discovery, and programming teams when they become adults. Besides, as space remains a source of inspiration and fascination for individuals of all ages, it would seem like a fantastic school trip alternative. Virtual and interactive space trips are available directly from specialist resources such as the Space Foundation network. Teachers could reach out to organize a trip for the classroom, showing students space robots and many other areas. The Space Foundation offers a variety of interactive content, bringing space and STEM subjects together. If you want to discuss the option with your child’s teacher, click here to find out more about the costs and the topic covered. 

Meeting modern-times heroes 

Zoom technology creates a new engagement platform for schools seeking to inspire young people. A school trip is designed to encourage children to boost their knowledge and experience of the world. While museums and science trips are important, they are not the only source of personal growth for children. Schools could seize the opportunity to connect with speakers from a variety of backgrounds to help teenagers. For instance, motivational speaker and YouTuber Molly Burke is a blind speaker and accessibility advocate who can help many kids come to terms with disabilities. Organizing calls or attending a virtual event hosted by a suitable speaker could help provide guidance to teenagers. 

In conclusion, embracing the virtual space creates new school trip opportunities. Why should schools continue to visit their local museums and attraction parks when they can take students on a virtual journey of exploration, discovery, and personal development? 

The world is your oyster children, learn how to access it virtually and explore places you may never see otherwise!

2020 Kimberly Signature

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