Educational Technology

January 29, 2011

Technology helps schools conduct online ‘field trips’ as funds for actual travel dry up

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By DIANE D’AMICO, Atlantic City Press

Snow didn’t stop Jim Stephens from giving Avalon Elementary School students a look into the past at Historic Cold Spring Village in Lower Township. The students never left their classroom, and Stephens never left the village. The “field trip” was conducted online, with Stephens interacting live with the students. During one visit, fourth-graders learned that 19th-century toothbrushes were made of animal bone and pig hair. During another, Stephens, in uniform, discussed the life of a soldier during the Civil War. Online field trips were a novelty a decade ago, when state and federal funding provided schools with millions of dollars in grants to upgrade their technology. But the funding dried up, the technology aged and, in many schools, the novelty wore off.

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