Specialized Online Resources
Web-based resources for online learning and use in the classroom are multiplying rapidly. Among them are specialized resources that allow students to experience virtual worlds without ever leaving their seat, and many are free. Virtual experiments, online expeditions, and online museums offer a world of virtual reality simulations for students. For this discussion, you will each spend some time exploring these resources as assigned below:
a. If your last name begins with A-G, you will
explore virtual experiments.
o Go to University of Readings’ Virtual Experiments and explore the ten experiments
b. If your last name begins with H-N, you will
explore online expeditions.
o Go to NASA PlanetQuest and explore the free
c. If your last name begins with O-Z, you will
explore online museums.
the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Panoramic Virtual Tour – http://naturalhistory.si.edu/VT3/
**You will be exploring option C, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History**
Next, share your experience using the assigned resource. Critically reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of your assigned resource versus a comparable real-world experience. Finally, explain when and if you would recommend its use in a learning environment.