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Distance Teaching and Learning: Virtual Excursions

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Virtual Excursions

Virtual Australia - exploring Australia online

National Parks

The Story Spheres of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park 

Google Street View Trekker in NSW National Parks 

Georama tours of SA National Parks, including:

Coorong National Park 

Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park

Onkaparinga River National Park 

Mount Lofty Summit 

Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park 

There are 22 parks that come up on a search for virtual tours and each park’s page has a range of additional information available.

NB: these virtual tours require Adobe Flash

Learning in Nature : playlist of eight YouTube videos from Parks Victoria

Parks Victoria on SoundCloud : this educational channel from Parks Victoria has 18 audio tracks evenly divided between the topics of “Under the Sea” and “Gippsland Birds”, the longest track is 6min44sec.

Government buildings

Victoria’s Parliament House 

NSW’s Parliament House (these are YouTube videos rather than a direct VR experience)

Parliament House, Canberra

NT’s Parliament House

Museums

The following are examples of the 36 tours available via Google Arts & Culture

Queensland Museum 

The Australian War Memorial 

South Australian Maritime Museum 

South Australian Museum

Australia Museum 

Visual collections

The following are examples of the 75 locations (including galleries, museums and more) who have made some/all of their collections available via Google Arts & Culture (please note, despite limiting my search to Australia, there are some overseas locations in the mix)

National Gallery of Victoria

Art Gallery of South Australia

Australian Football League

The Australian Ballet

SensiLab, Monash University

Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E), Ballarat

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Geoscience Australia

Australia: Great Sporting Land : explore the unifying spirit of Australian sport - from tales to traditions, larrikins to legends

The Australasian Virtual Herbarium : Australian and New Zealand herbaria house over eight million plant, algae and fungi specimens.

Wilsons Promontory Virtual Herbarium : This virtual herbarium provides access to a significant collection of plant and algal species from Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Virtual Globe - exploring the world online

360° Videos from Google Arts & Culture 

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California exhibits

FarmFood360 : explore Canadian farms and food tours

Tundra Connections :  Experience Polar Bears | Virtual Field Trip in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China 

Tour the Louvre, Paris : currently there are two virtual tours of the Louvre - Egyptian Antiquities and the Remains of the Louvre’s Moat, both of these require Flash to be enabled. There is also a mini tour/information site on the restoration of the Galerie d'Apollon, which also requires Flash.

The British Museum’s Collection Online : There are currently 2,335,338 records available, which represent more than 4,000,000 objects. 1,018,471 records have one or more images.

British Museum via Google Arts & Culture 

The Dali Theatre-Museum, Catalonia : By means of this virtual visit, we invite you to take a tour around some of the museum's rooms and see some works and objects exhibited there by means of panoramic pictures. NB: requires Flash to view panoramic images.

Langley Research Centre Virtual Tour (NASA) : click to view the map and then use the markers to visit different locations around Langley. Each marker opens up an information page about the location with a video and (scrolling down) additional information about the area and what happens there.

Glenn Research Center (NASA) : there are 10 virtual tours to take, including the Wind tunnels, Ballistics Impact Lab, the Space Environments Complex, and Zero-G.

The Vatican : seven different 360º tours of museums and other locations within the Vatican

Online exhibits @ the National Women’s History Museum, USA : 29 different online exhibits examining Women’s history in the USA, although I’ve noticed a lack of any mention of First Nations women.

Take me to the Opera : OperaVision has 21 operas from companies across the globe available for you to share with your students. Each thumbnail takes you to the specific performance’s information page where you can view the YouTubeLive video, read up on the cast, the story and insights into the opera.

Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall : if you register before March 31, the Berlin Philharmonic is offering a free 30 day pass to access their digital concert hall.

Virtual Space - explore beyond the exosphere

Access Mars

Innovating the Future Virtual Field Trip : Join Boeing and Discovery Education on a mission to inspire the world through aerospace innovation with an exclusive virtual field trip to historic Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Holocaust Museum and Learning Centre -The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center preserves the legacy of the Holocaust, educates about its causes and empowers visitors to make the world a more tolerant place by rejecting all forms of hate, racism, and bigotry

 

Virtual tours

Roman fort 

Museums from around the world - Virtual, online tours

Access to 500 Museums & Art Galleries - Free, online

Future Learn - Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.

Virtual Tours  - Virtual online tours - including zoos, landmarks in foreign countries, etc.

Aquarium – Georgia aquarium allowing you to tour under the sea

Online learning

University of Alabama - Free online archaeology and Egyptology Uni courses (create an account to log on)

Open Learn - Free, online courses, Open university 

BBC languages - Learn languages online free

FrenchTeacher.Net - Free French study packs

Sociology courses - Free online study

Creative courses - Free online study

A range of short, free online courses 

Geography and nature

National Geographic

Tutorful - Top Geography websites, YouTube videos, and resources 

Project Noah – Global site where you can view and share wildlife

Seterra - Free world geography, online quizzes 

Online film festival - Resistance in the Rainforest

 Music 

*Check the location/time zones of live-streamed concerts to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator

Concerts online - Various concerts held without audiences to stream online for people having to stay at home - list of live streaming concerts

Free Opera  - Dates confirmed until the end of March. Check the website via the link for future dates to be added

Free classical orchestras - Live streaming performances

Free Chamber music - Live streaming

Berlin Philharmonic orchestra - Live streams and performance archive

Announcements/lists - of worldwide performances being streamed

Livestream concerts list - artists and bands

Bands and artists - streaming performances 

Full-length concerts - watch online free

Celebrities performing on social media

Facebook Virtual Choir - Duet with a choir online

Arts and culture

J P Brewer - View classic paintings online

Walter's Museum - houses the highest artistic achievements from nearly every corner of the world. View some of the past, present, and future exhibitions

Rob Biddulph an artist posting draw-along videos via Twitter here

Google Arts and culture - Learn something new every day! 

 Literature online

Gutenburg - Download free books, e.g. Shakespear, Edgar Allen Poe, Frankenstein, etc. 

Solomon Kingsnorth - Books in PDF, Word and audiobook format - Alice in Wonderland / Wind in the Willows / The Railway Children / The Jungle Book / Peter Pan / Black Beauty

Read great literature online - Free Ebooks, poetry, classic literature

Read Free Literature - also includes study guides

50,000 free ebooks - arranged by genre

Open Library Access - Free

Entertainment

Expeditions App- Free virtual Reality Augmentation app for all ages, to take virtual trips around the world to hundreds of destinations.

Podcasts - Free to download

Board Game arena - Play board games online free

Miscellaneous 

Historical association - Learn about 20th Century history

National Trust sites  - Free access to their sites - please check their website first for updates

Anxiety/Mental health

WHO guidance to support mental health during this time

MIND coronavirus and your wellbeing

9 ways to stay positive during this period  

Blog from Anna Mathur, Psychotherapist - dealing with Coronavirus anxiety

Prayer resources

*Check the location/time zones of live-streamed masses to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator

Spiritualism - English version

Spiritualism - Spanish version

Catholic Mass - streamed online

Masses from around the world - streamed online

God stories today - telling the stories of ordinary people - YouTube

View a list of learning websites, information, and activities for families isolated at home