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How to Use Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips

To use the complete Electronic Field Trip program and participate in the broadcast
To use selected elements of the Electronic Field Trip program and participate in the broadcast
To use the Electronic Field Trip program anytime during the school year


To use the complete Electronic Field Trip program and participate in the broadcast:

PRE-BROADCAST

CLASSROOM PREPARATION

  • Download the Teacher Guide from the website and print if desired.

Read the Teacher Guide.

  • Prepare materials for lessons: make overheads, prepare pages for projection or use with an interactive whiteboard, or print copies of primary sources, graphic organizers and pictures.
  • Share historical background information, glossary, and time line with students.
  • Review background information, glossary, and time line. Answer questions as needed.
  • Provide students with URL efts.history.org, username, and password to access the web site.
  • Let students explore the online activities and take part in the online vote.
  • Have students begin to develop questions to call-in or submit online during week of the broadcast.

30 MINUTES PRIOR TO BROADCAST

  • Access the video stream on the website and projector, interactive whiteboard, or turn on the television and set it to the broadcaster nearest you.
  • Be sure phone is available for calling in questions and that the 800 number is posted nearby.

DURING BROADCAST

  • Have students take notes or jot down questions that come to mind while viewing the Electronic Field Trip.
  • Have selected student(s) prepared to ask a question call in on the phone.
  • Turn down the volume on the computer or television if the student’s call is selected for broadcast.
  • Student must ask their question clearly and distinctly when asked to by the host on-air.

AFTER BROADCAST

  • Allow students to submit unanswered questions by email or on message board.
  • Students may continue to explore student activities.
  • Initiate or continue lessons, extensions, and final evaluation as provided in the Teacher Guide.
  • If desired, send copies of students’ work to Colonial Williamsburg at the address provided in the Teacher Guide.
  • Be sure students have URL efts.history.org, username, and password so that they can access online activities or message board on their own time.
  • Thank your local broadcaster if you watched on television.

To use selected elements of the Electronic Field Trip program and participate in the broadcast:

PRE-BROADCAST

CLASSROOM PREPARATION

  • Based on time available, decide what activities/lessons you are able to do and prepare all materials.
  • Download the Teacher Guide from the website and print if desired.

Read the Teacher Guide.

  • Prepare materials for lessons: make overheads, prepare pages for projection or use with an interactive whiteboard, or print copies of primary sources, graphic organizers and pictures.
  • Share historical background information, glossary, and time line with students. Answer questions as needed.
  • Provide students with URL efts.history.org, username, and password to access the web site.
  • Let students explore the online activities and take part in the online vote.
  • Have students begin to develop questions to phone-in or submit online during week of the broadcast.

30 MINUTES PRIOR TO BROADCAST

  • Access the video stream on the website and projector, or turn on the television and set it to the broadcaster nearest you.
  • Be sure phone is available for phoning-in and that the 1- 800 number is posted nearby.

DURING BROADCAST

  • Have students take notes or jot down questions that come to mind while viewing the Electronic Field Trip.
  • Have selected student(s) prepared to ask a question call in on the phone.
  • Turn down the volume on the computer or television if student’s call is selected for broadcast.
  • Student must ask their question clearly and distinctly when asked to by the host on-air.
  • OR have students email or access the Message Board to ask their questions.

AFTER BROADCAST


To use the Electronic Field Trip program anytime during the school year:

CLASSROOM PREPARATION

  • Make sure you are able to access the archived video stream of the program at "Watch Video Now" link on the website.
  • Set up room for viewing including all the equipment needed (television, computer and projector, or interactive whiteboard.)
  • Download the Teacher Guide from the website and print if desired.

Read the Teacher Guide.

  • Prepare materials for lessons: make overheads, prepare pages for projection or use with an interactive whiteboard, or print copies of primary sources, graphic organizers and pictures.
  • Share historical background information, glossary, and time line with students.
  • Review background information, glossary, and time line. Answer questions as needed.
  • Provide students with URL efts.history.org, username, and password to access the web site.
  • Let students explore the online activities and take part in the online vote.
  • Have students begin to develop questions and discussion points for the Message Board.

DURING VIDEO PROGRAM

  • Have students take notes or jot down questions that come to mind while viewing the Electronic Field Trip.

AFTER VIDEO PROGRAM

  • Allow students to post their questions and thoughts on the Message Board. Also, encourage them to participate in Message Board discussions.
  • Students may continue to explore student activities.
  • Initiate or continue lessons, extensions, and final evaluation as provided in the Teacher Guide.
  • If desired, send copies of students’ work to Colonial Williamsburg at the address provided in the Teacher Guide
  • Be sure students have URL efts.history.org, username, and password so that they can access online activities or message board on their own time.


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