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Your school will need to have the following items, at a cost of approximately $300. Some of this equipment is likely in your building already.

  • Laptop
  • Webcam (external)*
  • Microphone (external)*
  • Projection surface, i.e. tv, flat screen, whiteboard
  • Video-conferencing software application, i.e.
    • Skype (available with Microsoft license)
    • Zoom (requires a Zoom Pro license to host your own sessions). Zoom (Free version) allows unlimited 1:1 meetings which covers most virtual field trips, but has a time limit of 40 minutes for group meetings.

* External webcams and microphones allow for greater distance and better video/sound quality for a group setting.

** Some virtual field trip providers support legacy systems. Tell the provider whether you are using Skype, Zoom or another video-conferencing application so they can help you determine whether each system is compatible with the other.