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“Virtual” Field Trip to Chicago

January 15, 2016

This morning, I told the kids that this afternoon we would take a field trip to Chicago.  We have been talking about cities this week in Reader’s Workshop so I thought we’d take a little trip to Chicago this afternoon to see a real city where people live, work and play.

Naturally, we couldn’t actually drive to Chicago, but the kids were really scratching their heads today wondering how we were going to get there.  Some were worried that they hadn’t signed a permission slip to go 🙂

We actually “visited” Chicago by using Google Earth.  This downloadable free program allows you to zoom in and fly over just about any place on Earth.  So we used that to visit downtown Chicago and take a look at Millennium Park and the Willis Tower.

Then we got to take an even closer look at Chicago by using a set of Google Cardboard virtual goggles.  This simple device lets you use an iPod or smartphone to create a virtual reality experience.  With this, the kids could hover over Millennium Park and then “look” around, even seeing Lake Michigan, like they were actually above it.  It was fun watching the kids experience this and turn their heads this way and that, and even turn around in circles as they looked around Chicago.

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