Science Videos and Virtual Tours
The field of science is wide open to include videos and virtual tours for classroom use and is probably the easiest subject in which to integrate these tools. Many school districts also offer subscriptions to educational video sites for teachers and students to access. Some subscribe to services such as www.powervideos.com which features hundreds of educational videos tied directly to state curriculum standards.
KidZone Virtual Tours is great for agricultural and life science lessons. Kids can learn all about the farm and farm life directly from farmers and see them in action. In "The Story of Milk," Donna Kerr, farmer, tells about first-hand farm life and how delicious farm goods are grown, including the story of milk. See more of these 'green' videos at www.agclassroom.org/kids/tours.htm.
Other sources such as Tramline at www.tramline.com provide excellent prepared Virtual Field Trips, mostly on science including dinosaurs, Antarctica and other subjects as well. Tramline also offers teacher resource field trips. The 'Baking Bread' virtual tour is exceptional because it helps kids develop an understanding of scientific methods and research through watching how bread is made, an easy way to digest complex concepts.
One last great site for videos in the classroom and virtual field trips is Visit City Hall http://www.hud.gov/kids/ch/ch3_frnt3.html in which students can tour places like the library or City Hall. Some students may not have the opportunity to visit these places outside of school, and with school budgets being tight, maybe not there either. But through virtual field trips and videos in the classroom, all students will have equal access to almost anywhere in the world.