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eLearning Connections: Virtual Field Trips

Updates and news about eLearning, Distance Education and Virtual Field Trips

What Are Virtual Field Trips?

Virtual field trips (VFT) provide schools with educational or enrichment opportunities directly in the classroom. All experiences are lead by experts and provide live, hands-on experiences that enhance the curriculum. Virtual field trips use high-definition video calls through OPS distance education equipment or Zoom online video conferencing software. Minimum requirements for online connections are a web-camera for the classroom, a computer and a LCD projector.

Provider Spotlight

Museum NU Virtual Field Trips

"Elephants In Your Backyard"

Morrill Hall in Lincoln provides FREE virtual field trips from the museum of natural history. Designed for grades 3-8. A kit will be sent to your school for students to "dig" for fossils in the classroom with guidance from museum staff. Teachers must provide their own sand. For this virtual field trip, you must have access to a distance education video cart or Zoom Web Software. Contact the eLearning Office (402) 561-6105 for Assistance.

For Scheduling: net_nvcn@netad.unl.edu, reservations@unl.edu,  or 402-472-4075 (Annie Mumgaard)

Scheduling Field Trips

After looking at program descriptions, your next step is to schedule your VFT!

  1. Contact the provider to get the connection details.
  2. Record your VFT details on the district shared Distance Learning Calendar (contact Dawn Ferreyra for access). Be sure to add: Your school name, who you are connecting to, time, date
  3. Schedule a test call before the program to make sure all connections work.
  4. Contact the eLearning and Distance Education Office for assistance with connecting as needed. Assistance may include training, on-site or remote assistance during the VFT, connection setup and testing, equipment troubleshooting, web-camera checkout, Zoom setup, etc.
  • Bill Haisch: (402) 561-6104, william.haisch@ops.org
  • Dawn Ferreyra: (402) 561-6103, dawn.ferreyra@ops.org

Nebraska Providers

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).