TELE-FIELD TRIPS AND RELATED SITES: RUSSIA
The Russian Chronicles
Another tele-field trip, "The Russian Chronicles" follows the travels of two photojournalists across Russia in 1995 and contains a wealth of background articles, photos and interviews (including an interview with an elderly Russian woman "One Hundred Years of Revolution" whose five generations of family history provide a personal story of Russia spanning nearly a century).
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON RUSSIAN HISTORY
Students and teachers wanting more information on Russian history and art should visit Bucknell University's Russian Study Materials with information on both Russian History and Russian Art & Architecture (which includes links to the impressive Novgorodian Icon Collection, Russian Palekh paintings and 'Pysanky' art from the Ukraine). Additional sites are 'Treasures of the Czars' from the Florida International Museum in St. Petersburg, a virtual tour of 'The Alexander Palace' in Russia, lectures from a university course 'The History of Modern Russia and Stalin's Russia, a publication on The Kronstadt Uprising 1921, an article on the mass deportations of the 1940s Displacement in the Commonwealth of Independent States (UN publication from May 1996) , a biography of the Grand Duke Mikhail Romanov Tsar for a day, Russian Military History, Palaces of St. Petersburg, information on Catherine the Great, and a succinct Overview of Russian History from Seanet . From Russia there is History of Russia (Official Site of the Russian National Tourist Office), and full text articles on The History of the Russian Navy.
THE LANDMARK PROJECT SITE
Additional projects and virtual fieldtrips can be found at the Landmark Project Site which maintains an up-to-date archive of collaborative proposals from teachers and organisations on the Internet.
AMSTERDAM / ALASKA PROJECT
As Harris explains "electronic field trips can also be taken and shared without leaving the classroom, as students exchange information about the places they live" . In 1995 a group of students in our secondary school studying the writings of Jack London exchanged historical information via the Internet with students from Alaska who were reading The Diary of Anne Frank. As our students are regular visitors to The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam they were able to provide the Alaskan students with additional background information as well as answering historical questions about Amsterdam. Once the contact was established other information was exchanged including photographs, pamphlets, books, and letters thus enabling our students to study the history of the Alaskan gold fields (e.g. the Klondike Gold Rush , the Dalton Trail, Fairbanks, and indiginous people of Alaska) and even dog-sledding as had never before been possible. This correspondence also led to a visit of the Alaskan students to Amsterdam in April 1995. (See additional photos and diagrams of Dawson, the Chilkoot Pass, Russian and English Trading Frontiers 1789-1867, a crossview of the Skagway and Dyea Trails, a historical timeline of Alaska, and a map of Native American Cultural/Language Groups in the 19th Century from WAE CD Rom reseller . )
Another popular 'tele-field trip' includes virtual museum visits by students. Jonathan Bowen of Oxford University maintains a 'virtual museum home page' which links to many museum exhibitions available via the World Wide Web. A few sites which might be of interest to history classes include: Africa: Art of a Continent from the Guggenheim Museum, African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning, The Nubian Exhibition from the Oriental Institute Museum in Chicago, The Glory of Byzantium (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Le siècle des
Lumières dans la peinture des musées de France , "Raffles Reviewed--175 Years" (broken link) and Alamkara: 5000 Years of Indian Art from the Singapore National Museum, , The Romans in Scotland Exhibition from the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, The Leonardo da Vinci Museum , Museum of the History of Science of Florence, Italy (featuring Renaissance engineers from Brunelleschi to Leonardo da Vinci and an extensive exhibition on Galileo Galilei), the city museum's Art Guide of
Florence AND the extensive on-line collection from The Vatican Museum.
Art History Resources
There are several comprehensive meta-sites for students of both modern and ancient art history. These include: Art History Resources on the Net , Mark Harden's Texas Net Museum of Art, Nicolas Pioch's Web Museum and the AICT Image Gallery.
In addition, articles which discuss the role of virtual museums are Jonathan Bowan's Museums in the Ether , "Virtual Library of Museums" and "Collection of Collections", Jawon Argoski's "Virtual Museums: The Web Experience" an article published by 'The Online Educator' and from Internet World , "Visiting Museums Virtually".
The Curriculum Guide written for Orlando Museum of Art's Tombs Of Ancient China exhibition focuses on the images accessible from their site. Teachers can use the guide to either prepare students for their visit to the Imperial Tombs of China exhibition or as a virtual field trip. This is an excellent initiative from the museum authorities (in cooperation with the local education department) which highlights the pedagogical potential of virtual museums.
Student Produced Virtual Museums
Jamie McKenzie's "Virtual Museum's: Full of Sound and Fury Signifying...." describes a project in Bellingham, Washington where students from Alderwood Elementary School are creating their own virtual exhibition of Ellis Island via the World Wide Web. (See also Ellis Island Exhibition from New York.) McKenzie has also published a Virtual Museum Resources page where visitors will find relevant articles and a list of school-related projects.
A group of elementary students in California provide another example of a virtual museum with their on-line exhibition of local history which they have written and published (in collboration with the UCR/California Museum of Photography).