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Virtual Field Trip of Japan

Students will explore Japan and Japanese culture via GoogleEarth and United Streaming Video.


  • Students will understand the differences between institutions of Eastern and Western civilizations.
  • Students will understand the world in spatial terms.
  • Students will understand the interactions of people and the physical environment.


  • First, have students go to GoogleEarth site to explore the geographical features of Japan.
  • Next, students use the site United Streaming to watch a video on Buddhism, one of the major religions in Japan.
  • Then, students read online articles on Buddhism.
  • Then, students take an online quiz using United Streaming.

Sunshine State Standards

  • SS.A.3.3.5
  • SS.B.1.3.1
  • SS.B.1.3.4
  • SS.B.2.3.3
  • SS.B.2.3.4
  • SS.B.2.3.5

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Use content-specific tools, software, and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support learning and research.
  • Apply productivity/multimedia tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, group collaboration, and learning throughout the curriculum.
  • Design, develop, publish, and present products (e.g., Web pages, videotapes) using technology resources that demonstrate and communicate curriculum concepts to audiences inside and outside the classroom.
  • Select and use appropriate tools and technology resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and solve problems.


  • Laptops
  • Internet access
  • GoogleEarth
  • United Streaming
  • Windows MovieMaker


  • Have students do their own research, find their own images, and instruct them on how to use Windows MovieMaker. Then, have them make their own digital stories on Japan.

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