Tips for a successful e-field trip

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  1. It’s important to understand the content being offered during the program and how it fits your curriculum and learning standards. Know your objectives before calling the potential partner and be prepared to articulate them clearly.


  2. Be open-minded and think creatively about the resources being offered. Sometimes what seems beyond your curriculum content is just the right resource, e.g. a science class studying agriculture was able to tap the hydroponics research expertise at the Johnson Space Center.


  3. Keep an ongoing open dialog with the provider, and seek partners willing to tailor their content to your curriculum needs. Plan far enough ahead to avoid off-the-shelf delivery of resources.


  4. Right before the visit (either virtual or face-to-face), check that the presenter knows the goals and standards of the class that will be attending.


  5. Plan pre and post visit activities with the students to help familiarize them with content and really put the visit in context.


  6. Teachers need to be active in the learning process and engaged alongside students in the learning activity. Students need to recognize that the teacher is another learner who is interested and excited.


  7. The most successful schools are those who have a champion for distance learning in the school (such as a librarian, curriculum coordinator, tech coordinator) who regularly talks to colleagues and understands their curriculum needs. That person will be able to suggest virtual partners who can bring a whole new set of experiences and resources to students electronically.








To schedule an interactive field trip

or for more information contact:

Dean Leisgang

Distance Learning Coordinator

(920) 617-5633



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