Electronic field tips have great educational value as they provide real time classroom access to people, remote locations and specialized activities when an actual fieldtrip visit is not possible. Electronic field trips are live, interactive programs that are delivered via various modes of communication, including Videoconferences, Webcasts and satellite-based teleconferences. Voorhees Township School District students and staff may participate in an electronic field trip from any classroom or location within the school, provided that the proper arrangements are made in advance of the event.
Videoconferences provide two-way audio and video links between participants, and in many cases, the ability to share data or computer-based presentations. Point-to-point videoconferences are conducted between two parties, while multipoint videoconferences allow for three or more participants. Connectivity is established using the IP computer network. All large room equipment needed must be reserved in advance by staff members using GroupWise, and desktop equipment is available in each school for use with Skype and other similar resources. Answers to questions and/or assistance with reserving and setting up equipment are available by contacting the building Technology Specialist, or Rob Rossi, Distance Learning Coordinator.
Check first to see the availability of the various field trip programs.
Try to schedule tours several weeks in advance.
Staff support for coordinating field trip scheduling for interested teachers is available through the Department of Educational Technology by contacting Jennifer Zuggi at (856) 751-8446 Ext. 6126. Staff members are free to make their own arrangements, however.
If possible, try to schedule as many field trips as practical at one time.