Literacy 7-12

Systems Change

Field Trips


Visiting places connected to classroom learning provides opportunities to deepen understanding through firsthand experiences. As an enriching social experience, field trips also engage learners in new topics, generate curiosity, and build Social Awareness & Relationship Skills. They serve as a way for all students, regardless of their Socioeconomic Status, to experience and visit places of art, history, science, and culture.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how learners draw real-world connections between field trips and their classroom learning. Through these community engagements, learners develop a meaningful understanding of their own community and the larger world.

  • Field trips support student exploration by activating and growing students' Background Knowledge and extending their classroom learning. Teachers can utilize digital spaces to create virtual field trips or web quests, engaging students in specific content concepts and increase Disciplinary Literacy. Teachers can use the time before and after field trips as valuable instructional time to enhance the skills and knowledge acquired during field trips.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    Watch how Google Expeditions allows teachers and students to visit faraway locations through virtual 3D field trips. As an immersive learning experience, students have the opportunity to see and learn about a novel, typically inaccessible location, thereby increasing their Motivation to learn.

  • Through digital trips, learners experience immersive, virtual reality tours that can be particularly enriching for content area learning. Developers can create a space where teachers can create virtual field trips to create a highly engaging, active learning experience, where learners are likely to retain information in their Short- and Long-term Memories.
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