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Virtual Field Trips to Black Holes and Neutron Stars

by Robert Nemiroff (Michigan Technological University)

Ever wonder what it would look like to travel to a black hole? A neutron star? If so, you might find this page interesting. Here you will find descriptions and MPEG movies that take you on such exciting trips. These movies are scientifically accurate computer animations made with strict adherence to Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. The descriptions are written to be understandable on a variety of levels – from the casually curious to the professionally inquisitive. It is hoped that students from grade school to graduate school will find these virtual trips educational. Click on the picture to be redirected to the site.

The Best Sites Where Students Can Plan Virtual Field Trips

Great compilation of websites to use in teacher OR student planning of a virtual field trip.

The World of ELLs

How can teachers use virtual worlds in the classroom?

Here’s a “Quick List” of ideas!

Use virtual worlds for…

  • Sharing autobiographical information via avatars
  • Oral practice with virtual partners
  • Pronunciation practice
  • “Fantasy trips” to other countries
  • Interpersonal communication practice
  • Nonverbal communication practice (via avatar gestures)

Ideas by Grade Level Clusters

  • K-5: sign on to Panwapa and create avatar – great connection to vocabulary of physical description and clothing
  • 6-8: starting at age 13, students can use Teen Second Life; can create avatar and talk with another resident about simple, everyday topics; take a screen shot of the interaction and report back to class about conversation; read news articles about online virtual worlds and set up a debate
  • 9-12: in Teen Second Life, set up conferences and presentations for other residents in world; 18+ can graduate to adult version and visit English Learning World, university areas, and other areas

(From: Empower English…

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The World of ELLs

How can teachers use wikis in the classroom??

Here’s a “Quick List” of ideas!

Use wikis for…

  • Webquests
  • Collaborative projects
  • Coauthoring of essays or reports
  • Interactive games (e.g., “what would you do next…” games)
  • Planning for a class event (e.g., a party, a festival, or a celebration)
  • Sign-up sheets for events
  • Quick and easy Web sites with links and resources
  • Online study communities
  • A place to post and share student work (e.g., scanned art images and writing)

Ideas by Grade Level Clusters

  • K-5: can be set up for different stories, pages for vocabulary, useful expressions, and grammatical structures
  • 6-8: teachers can use a wiki to create online course book by collaborating with students and teachers
  • 9-12: place for students to communicate in online discussions, upload links, videos, or images

(From: Empower English Language Learners With Tools Form the Web, by Lori Langer de Ramirez)

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