Conservation Station – Smart Cities Virtual Field Trip

What do streetlights and sea turtles have in common?

By Rita A. Mortenson, Educational Technology Coach, Verona Area High School, Wisconsin 


Join me for an incredible virtual field trip to learn how smart streetlights are helping protect sea turtles in Florida, along with a wide variety of other innovative ways technology is working to help our environment.

You can view the virtual field trip at any time here: 

Five things I LOVE about the Conservation Station Virtual Field Trip, and why you should bring it to your classroom.

  1. Relevant Information:  The Smart Cities Virtual Field trip brings innovative, technology, and conservation ideas together.  Technology is something that most students are interested in. With their smart phone with them at every waking moment, they stay connected and have information at their fingertips.  But what do students know about Smart Cities? And how does innovation, critical thinking and creative solutions play a part in a Smart City? These and more are covered in the Virtual Field Trip.
  2. Careers Showcased:  A wide variety of highly-skilled careers involving technology, engineering and city planning are showcased.  Exposing students to potential future careers and connecting what they are learning in the classroom to the real world is essential.  This virtual field trip, and the materials provided, share information about innovative career options that are vital to energy, water, conservation and smart cities.
  3. Interesting Case Studies:  The five case studies that are included in the teacher’s guide are compelling and relevant.  Using real world problems and scenarios, the case studies give students an inside glimpse into how important innovation and technology are to preserving our resources.  The case studies show how technology in a huge driving force in regard to solutions around energy and conservation.
  4. Extended Learning Opportunities:  In addition to the virtual field trip, there is an educator’s guide, which includes case studies and activities you can use to engage students in prior to and after the field trip.  Furthermore, Discovery Education SOS Strategies can be used. The Spotlight On Strategies are creative, research-based instructional strategies for integrating digital media in meaningful, effective, and practical ways.  A perfect one to use would be the SOS Strategy 25 Things You Didn’t Know.  A prompt to consider using would be 25 Things you didn’t know about Smart Cities:  This strategy is a great way for students to explore resources and filter out what information is most important.   You could also have smaller groups create their “Things You Didn’t Know” lists using Discovery Education’s Board Builder tool, which allows students to create interactive boards using media resources.
  5. It’s Important to Our Future:  Energy, water, conservation and technology are all vital to our future.  It is essential to have students use critical thinking and problem solving skills to address problems that may currently be affecting their own community.  Providing students with the knowledge and resources to begin developing innovative ideas and skills necessary to help improve our planet are critical.

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