A Video Field Trip is a lesson provided by a subject matter expert and delivered via 2 way interactive videoconferencing to a classroom. Both the school and the provider have cameras and microphones allowing natural communication including Q&A.
Video Field Trips provide the opportunity to enhance the learning environment, create excitement, offer insights, and bring destinations into the classroom that would otherwise not be possible. Zoos, museums, and science centers are popular destinations.
Lessons are typically 30-45 minutes long and range in price from $0 to $150 per session. Most providers offer programs designed to integrate with standard K12 curriculum. In some cases more than one school may share in a lesson at the same time in a video conference call.
Schools require videoconferencing equipment and either ISDN phone lines or an internet connection to communicate with a service provider.