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Designing a Virtual Field Trip**
 
Course Description
    

This workshop will enable participants to use Internet resources to design a "virtual field trip" for their students.  Participants will become familiar with the strategies and resources that educators use to design these field trips as well as tips and tricks to ensure their success.  By the end of this workshop, participants will have designed an effective and engaging virtual field trip that is aligned to their state's standards.


 Participants must expect to spend a minimum of 45 hours to complete this course.
This course requires average to advanced technology skills.
** Participants must be currently employed as a WV classroom teacher, school counselor or school administrator.

 
Course Syllabus
    

This workshop will enable participants to use Internet resources to design a "virtual field trip" for their students.  Participants will become familiar with the strategies and resources that educators use to design these field trips as well as tips and tricks to ensure their success.  By the end of this workshop, participants will have designed an effective and engaging virtual field trip that is aligned to their state's standards.

 

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By the end of this course, participants will understand:

Session 1:
1. What a virtual field trip is, and some of the advantages they have over traditional on-site field trips.  
2. How virtual field trips can be integrated into classroom instruction.
3. Where to locate resources and web sites to learn more about virtual field trips.

Session 2:
1. The components to be addressed when planning a virtual field trip.
2. How virtual field trips reflect the West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives as well as the ISTE Educational Technology Standards for Students.
3. The formats that are possible for the development of a virtual field trip.

Session 3:
1. How to correctly identify and properly select multi-media resources to be considered for a virtual field trip.
2. The value of the assessment of student assignments and/or work products completed for a virtual field trip.

Session 4:
1. Understand the planning, design and development required to create a multi-media virtual field trip.
2. Demonstrate their understanding of virtual field trip design and development by completing an evaluation of a field trip they have implemented with their students.

Session 5:
1. Understand the role self-assessment and reflection play in the revision process.
2. Determine the degree to which higher order thinking skills are present in their field trip.
2. Identify revisions/edits and additions to be made to their virtual field trip.
3. Understand that student learning may be assessed through the activities generated from implementation of a virtual field trip.

Session 6:
1. Determine the best method to use to publish their virtual field trip.
2. Analyze the process by which they created their trip.
3. Evaluate the tool they selected to develop their trip.

 

Prerequisites

This professional development course is designed for K-12 teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, administrators and individuals working toward their paraprofessional certification. Participants must have regular access to a class/group of students throughout Session One through Session Four of this course. This course was updated during Summer 2014. Course participants will locate, review and implement a virtual field trip with their students during Sessions One-Four of this course. Participants will explore and adapt Web 2.0 tools to their development of a virtual field trip during Session One-Five of the course. Virtual field trips developed for this course will be published to the Web during Session Six.

Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience.  Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet and navigating through computer files.  Access to Microsoft Office is recommended.  Microsoft Office files are used in this course.

Format And Requirements

This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be 6.5 to 7 hours. In addition to the six one-week sessions, participants will complete an Orientation Session.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:

Session One

Virtual Field Trips-Extending and Enhancing Classroom Instruction

Session Two

Planning the Trip

Session Three

Locating and Collecting Resources for Your Trip

Session Four

Creating the Trip

Session Five

Assessing the Trip

Session Six

Sharing the Trip

 

As participants progress through the course, they will be introduced to a wide variety of field trips which they will explore, select and implement with a class or group of students. Participants will utilize the Virtual Quest for Adventure - Field Trip Planner to plan and design a virtual field trip which will reflect West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives as well as the ISTRE Educational Standards for Students. Copyright and Fair Use policies will be provided as participants select the multi-media rich resources they will include in the field trips being designed for this course. Participants will select a tool ( i.e. Prezi, Pearltree, Google Map, Google Earth, TrackStar, Skpe, Google Site) with which to develop their field trip. Prior to publishing their final virtual field trip, course participants will complete a "my virtual field trip self-assessment" and complete revisions to their work based upon their assessment and feedback from their course facilitator. All field trips will be published to the Web during Session Six and shared as well with all course participants. PQP feedback will be provided in the course discussion forum.

Assessment

Orientation Quiz: Participants complete an Orientation Quiz during the Orientation Session. The quiz may be taken as many times as necessary to score the expected 90% proficiency.

Readings and Activities: Participants are expected to complete the required course readings and activities as posted in each of the session assignment pages. Optional readings may also be completed, but are not mandatory. 

Discussion Participation: Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum.  Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to the discussion prompt for that session by Sunday evening. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings each session by Monday evening. They are to read all original messages by course participants and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session by Tuesday evening. Postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality.  

Project Completion: The project for this course is a multi-media rich field trip which will be evaluated using the Virtual Field Trip  Rubric. Your goal is to create multi-media rich field trip that will be published to the web during Session Six. During the course you will upload the following documents to the course dropbox:

1. Your Virtual Quest for Adventure (Sessions 1-3) - Field Trip Planner during Session Three
2. Your initial virtual field trip at the end of Session Four. 
3. Your VFT Self-Assessment Tool during Session Five.
4. Your final virtual field trip during Session Six.
5. Your Virtual Quest for Adventure - Field Trip Planner during Session Six. 

Grades: All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion. A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.

Copyright: Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project. All work associated with the course project is to be the original work of the course participant. Fair Use does not apply to the course project.

Pre and Post Workshop Surveys: Participants are expected to complete both surveys. The Orientation Survey is to be completed by Sunday during the Orientation Session and the Final Survey is to be completed by Sunday of Session Six.

Certificate Of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, Designing a Virtual Field Trip, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant by attachment to the Session Six Dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.

Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Marshall University, Concord University or West Virginia State University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.

Content And Technology Standards

This workshop, Designing a Virtual Field Trip, will help participants meet the ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers (http://edtechleaders.org/documents/NETSAdminTeachers.pdf), especially Standards II, III, IV, and V.For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org

In addition, participants will identify specific WV NxG Standards (http://wveis.k12.wv.us/Teach21/public/ng_cso/NG_CSO.cfm), or if the NxG Standards have not been adopted for a specific content area, the WV Content Standards and Objectives (http://wvde.state.wv.us/csos/), as they engage in course content.

 

About This Course

This workshop was developed for the West Virginia Department of Education (http://wvde.state.wv.us).

Original design (before format modifications) by EdTech Leaders Online (http://www.edtechleaders.org), a project of Education Development Center, Inc, © 2007.  All rights reserved.