What We Do
Do you remember a really great field trip you took with your classmates? Most of us can recall at least one such field trip that was entertaining, exciting and instructive all at the same time. Of course, at the time, you might not have connected it with education. A field trip is fun – a wonderful alternative to the classroom. When you thought about it later, however, you were probably surprised at how much you had learned.
The Traveling Classroom project is designed to be a field trip on the Internet. It is not a make-believe trip. We actually travel to real places and communicate with students via the internet. In the current series of adventures we are exploring ancient Greece. We climbed Mount Parnassus to the temple of Apollo, where the Oracle of Delphi prophesied the fate of kings. We sailed the same waters Jason and the Argonauts navigated. We stood at Thermopylae, on the spot king Leonidas and his 300 Spartan warriors stood against the Persian Empire. We danced in the streets on Greek festival days. And we share it all with whoever wants to come along.
Traveling Classroom provides an eye-witness view of distant places and an opportunity for participants to receive information, comments, and feedback from someone who is there at the time. The interactive nature of the project gives students a chance to take ownership of information and the learning process.