I remember those days. Field Trip Days. The sack lunch, the bus ride, the freedom from the classroom – how wonderful and different those school days were. I see the same excitement in my son’s eyes when he is about to embark on a new journey with his peers.
Unfortunately, field trips aren’t as frequent as they were when I was a student. Economic woes, gasoline prices, and time constraints have made it difficult to schedule trips. Nothing can replace the firsthand experience of the wonderful places of Kentucky, but KET has produced many Electronic Field Trips that will allow you and your students to learn more about what our diverse and rich state has to offer. Can’t afford a trip to Fort Boonesborough? Take your students on a field trip without leaving the classroom. KET’s Electronic Field Trip to Fort Harrod and Fort Boonesborough can be streamed from our website. Many of our Electronic Field Trips include accompanying teacher’s materials, interactive games and quizzes for students, and many other adventures within each field trip’s site. How about taking your class on a trip to one of Kentucky’s National Parks? You don’t even have to load the students onto the school bus.
Even if you are planning a trip with your students to any of our KET Electronic Field Trip locations, you can use the available KET instructional and interactive resources to enhance the educational experience as you prepare the students for the trip. Use the resources to review what they learned on the trip. It makes the experience even more powerful. You can also bring your students to KET for a free tour and further explore the power of multimedia production in our KET MediaLab, which was made possible through a generous grant from AT&T.
The KET Arts Toolkits also take students on an in-depth study into Kentucky’s art museums, artworks, and performances. Meet the artists and find out about arts careers. The beauty of Kentucky’s culture is evident throughout all of the KET Arts Toolkits with the strategic cinematography of KET’s talented production team. Each discipline of the arts can be used to teach across the curriculum. The lesson plans have cross-curricular connections.
Take your students on a road trip around the state in the Scale City website. There are many attractions filled with fun facts and fascinating stories. The students will learn proportional reasoning while visiting places from all around our state, including: The Kentucky Horse Park; The Louisville Slugger Museum; and a Drive-in Theater. These are just a few of the attractions to visit. I find that I lose track of time while exploring the many videos and activities within Scale City. Who says you can’t learn math while on vacation?
The last days of school are nearing. Soon, the standardized tests will be complete and everyone will be busy wrapping up the end of the school year. The resources mentioned in this post (and many others available from KET) can help provide meaningful and quality instruction during a time when everyone is dreaming of summer vacation.These resources may even give you and your students ideas for summer vacations that are close to home and more affordable. With the information that they learn from these resources, students will have the knowledge and confidence to educate their friends and families as they embark on their personal journeys. What better way to learn about something than to teach it?
Some of the most interesting and beautiful places in the world are right here in Kentucky. Join us in celebrating our prizes. The hardest part is deciding where to go.