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Lesson Plan

Discovering the World Virtually
Subject: Technology
Grade span: K to 12
Duration: Several sessions
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Learning in Virtual Spaces


In this lesson, students can have unforgettable adventures in exotic places without ever leaving school -- thanks to the Internet. They can join real-time expeditions to remote and fascinating locations, observing daily activities and reading field dispatches. Best of all, they can interact with real-world adventurers as they re-enact, or even make, history.

Learning Goals:



Students should have basic computer and Internet navigation skills. Instructors should have basic computer and Internet navigation skills, and some familiarity with downloading files, video conferencing, and the use of Web cams in live events. Content area knowledge is also helpful.

What to Do:

Prepare students for an online expedition. Introduce students to their expedition.

Note: The following expedition, entitled Operation: Monster Storms, is a featured expedition from The JASON Project. It has been chosen for this sample lesson. You may choose another from the suggestions listed on the Resources page or one you find elsewhere.

Carry out the project.

During this exploration, students meet real scientists from NOAA, NASA, and the National Geographic Society. Through hands-on activities and labs students:

Reflect and assess outcomes.

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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Learn More:

Online Training for Afterschool Staff
The Afterschool Training Toolkit is available online free of charge.

The following resources can be used with the online Afterschool Training Toolkit to give you the resources you need to build fun, innovative, and academically enriching afterschool activities.