Google Earth has a fantastic 3D tour of some of the most famous cathedrals in the world. By downloading Google Earth first, you are able to view exteriors and interiors of cathedrals such as
- Notre Dame in Paris
- St Paul’s Cathedral in London
- Westminster Cathedral in London
- Cologne Cathedral in Germany
- Basilica of St Peter, Vatican City
- St Mark’s Basilica, Venice
- Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York
- Basilica de Nossa Senhora in Aparencida, Brazil
Photographs of other areas of interest nearby the cathedrals are also viewable. View this brief screencast to see how the 3D tour works.
This site has many uses for art, geography and religion classes. Well worth viewing!
How about a virtual excursion (field trip) to the Sistine Chapel? With 360 degree views of the Chapel that includes ceilings and floors, this is a tremendous site for art, history or religious instruction.
The Vatican hosts the site and lets the magnificence of the Chapel speak for itself. There are no words or links on the site, only the ability to rotate the view of the Chapel via your mouse.
Thanks to the very excellent Richard Byrne from Free Technology for Teachers for passing on this link.
An excellent resource is the Museums of the World online webpage. Featuring museums organised by country, then by alphabetical order within the country, there are hundreds of museums for you and your students to explore.
Some museums (there are art galleries too) are interactive or have virtual tours. Some allow users to download audio tours before their visit (such as the National Gallery of Victoria). Some provide links for teaching resources related to their exhibitions (such as Questacon). Others are simply webpages with information on exhibitions. However, if you are looking for a one stop shop for museums, Museums of the World online seems to fit the bill.
Online Universities has provided a list of 100 educational virtual tours. With topics such as:
- Cities (including Pompeii and Ancient Rome)
- Famous landmarks and buildings (including Stonehenge, Taj Mahal and the Vatican)
- Museums (including the Louvre and the Smithsonian)
- Outer space
- How things are made (Toyota cars and Hershey chocolate)
- Humans and animals
- Google Earth virtual tours (Cathedrals, castles, palaces, libraries and universities) – note that you need to have Google Earth installed on your computer
There are lots of tours to choose from. Well worth a look.
Victorian (Loddon Mallee Region) Ultranet Teaching and Learning Coach Maryna Badenhorst has written a useful blog post on virtual excursions (or virtual field trips).
If for whatever reason, classes are unable to leave the school, Maryna has developed some engaging tasks for students to complete. As Maryna says, “A virtual field trip ‘takes students on a tour of a location using a series of web sites that have been linked together, creating a guided experience.”
Ideal for remote or regional schools, as well as those who find it difficult to get away from school for a whole day.