Virtual Tours ICI 2008 Presenters Dr. Beth Moore Vicki Mast
Virtual Tours What are virtual tours? How can virtual tours be used in an educational setting? Why use virtual tours? How is an educational virtual tour designed?
What are virtual tours? • Virtual Tours (VT) are an inexpensive way to experience numerous aspects of the “world” without actually being there • VT planning does take time, but a VT can be used in segments, in it’s entirety, utilized in the future and/or edited as necessary to meet other needs • Article: “Grounded” from Edutopia, 10/05
Why use virtual tours ? • On-site field trips are becoming a thing of the past due to … • Funding • Time away from instruction/classroom • Focus on testing • Transportation • Supervision/chaperones • Curriculum demands • ???
How can virtual tours be used in an educational setting? • As a teaching resource for professor • As an introduction to a particular area of study through incorporation into course content • As an expansion of the general knowledge pertaining to an area of study: History/Literature • As a preparation to a travel course:Science
When choosing or creating a tour you should consider the… • Content • Literacy level • Standards • Validity, credibility, and accuracy • Current and up-to-date
How is an educational tour designed? • You may use a variety of tools to create your tour, including but not limited to: • PowerPoint ●Keynote • Windows Movie Maker ● iMovie/iDVD • Audacity • Photo Story 3 • Nvu or KompoZer • Photoshop
How is an educational tour designed? • No one tool is "better" than another • Use what works best for your tour design and audience needs • Possible media: still photos, panoramic photos, 360 photos, movie clips, audio clips and/or voice over, links to related online sites, scanned items (i.e. maps, news articles, brochures, etc.), slide show, etc.
How is an educational tour designed? • Organizational tools • Storyboard free online creation tool • Free PDF storyboard template • Screenwriting/pre-production org tool free download from Celtx • CMap – free mind mapping software • FreeMind – free mind mapping/research organizational tool • Media tools • YouTube Downloader – allows you to download and convert videos from YouTube and many others http://www.franklincollege.edu/pwp/vmast/