Virtual Tours is a wonderful way to teach and learn about the outside world right from your classroom.
Google Earth's Tour feature allows anyone to create virtual tours and share them.
One can guide the tour using the software or export them as narrated video.
Here's an example: continents and oceans.
Also useful is the ability to share tours in native files, which means smaller files and full control of tours.
Here some examples:
Science Field Trips:
Agriculture in the Classroom - Discover farming through six virtual field trips http://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/tours.htm
Cow’s eye dissection http://www.exploratorium.edu/learning_studio/cow_eye/
Baking Bread (Gr. 4-6) This field trip offers a convenient way to introduce scientific research to your students
The Butterfly Conservatory Virtual Tour Tour exhibition highlights, butterfly cams, or the virtual tour.
Explore the Estuary http://www.estuarylive.org/
If your students are studying the tides, ocean, or water dwellers, this is an excellent site. It includes video tours.
Vital Signs: Understanding Cardiovascular Disease. http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/museum/exhibit98/index.html
Take part in this virtual exhibit courtesy of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that explores cardiovascular disease.
Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society Virtual Whale. http://www.wdcs.co.uk/media/flash/whalebanner/content_pub_en.html
Examine a life-sized whale on this virtual tour under the sea.
Social Studies Field Trips:
American Presidency (Gr. 9-12) http://www.field-guides.com/ss/prez/index.htm
My America (Gr. 4-7) http://www.field-guides.com/ss/america/index.htm
Holocaust Museum Tour http://mznet.org/mzintro.html Find pictures, video, and art from the Holcaust Museum.
Tour an Ancient Roman Villa http://www.villa-rustica.de/tour/toure.html In this virtual tour, you can see the villa from all sides and enter the inside rooms.
Virtual Gettysburg http://www.virtualgettysburg.com/
The Whitehouse Visit the home of the President of the United States. http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/white-house-101/
Journey North http://www.learner.org/jnorth/
World War II Remembers http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/wwii/ahf/life/index.htm
Plimoth Plantation http://plimoth.org/education/olc/intro.html
Lower Eastside Tenement Museum Virtual Tour http://www.tenement.org/Virtual_Tour/index_virtual.html
US Capitol Virtual Tour. Tour the United States Capitol building here. http://www.senate.gov/vtour/
Virtual Jamestown http://www.virtualjamestown.org/ The Virtual Jamestown Archive is an on-going digital research, teaching and learning project that explores the legacies of the Jamestown settlement and "the Virginia experiment." There are first-hand accounts and letters, interpretive essays, and more.
Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia http://www.theconstitutional.com/tour.php
Interactive Tour of Ellis Island from Scholastic http://teacher.scholastic.com/immigrat/ellis/index.htm
Virtual Tour of Hawaii http://www.vthawaii.com/
Mount Vernon http://www.mountvernon.org/
Colonial Williamsburg http://www.history.org/
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Take a virtual tour of this automobile plant to see how these cars come into being.
Disney World Virtual Tour Learn how you can explore Disney World in 3D.
How People Make Things From Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, these six videos take you into the factories where these items are made, including crayons, fortune cookies, and guitars.
Places and How things are Created:
Bubble Gum Factory: http://www.dubblebubble.com/chewing.html
Story of Milk: http://www.moomilk.com/index.html
Cranberry Harvest http://www.oceanspray.ca/english/product/harvest.html
Crayola Factory: http://www.crayola.com/factory/preview/factory_floor/crayon_mfg.htm
Tramline has a list of just over three dozen virtual field trips.
Why Take Field Trips? http://www.campsilos.org/excursions/hc/fieldtrip.htm
Evaluation Information http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/evaltour.html