Virtual Field Trips

Black History, CTE Month Activities: Virtual Reality Activities for Students

Su Kim
February 1, 2023

A Holistic Approach to Teaching Black History

Virtual field trips can play a unique role in the classroom to foster curiosity and inquiry-based learning. Kai XR’s virtual field trips can be integrated into larger lesson plans and units to deepen learning. To incorporate virtual field trips into your lesson plans this Black History Month:

  1. Pair virtual field trips with book studies of the biographies of influential civil rights leaders.
  2. Use virtual field trips to provoke student curiosity when beginning a unit.
  3. Have students generate questions from their observations during virtual field trips to research independently.

Black history is American history, and we can encourage our students to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans 365 days a year.

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Ruby Bridges Virtual Field Trip

In 1960, Ruby Bridges became the first Black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis. She was six years old then, and had to be escorted by U.S. Marshals to and from school due to threats. Her family’s perseverance and bravery changed American history.

Kai XR’s Ruby Bridges virtual reality experience will help students understand the impact that segregation and racism had on every part of our society. Get started with a free Kai XR account and learn more about how Ruby inspired lasting changes to schools in the United States.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Virtual Field Trip

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. celebrates and honors one of the leaders of our nation’s civil rights movement. He was the first African American to be memorialized on the National Mall. Visiting the memorial through Kai XR’s virtual field trip is the perfect Black History Month activity for students of all ages.

Help your students learn about Dr. King’s contributions to our nation by following up a literary analysis of his “I Have a Dream Speech” with a virtual visit to the memorial in Washington, DC. Analyzing both the speech and memorial for common themes will be an inspirational way for your students to study Black History Month.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Virtual Field Trip

Until 1946, Black baseball players were segregated into their own league. Some of the most talented baseball players of the twentieth century were in this league. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum set a lasting example of the importance of persevering in pursuit of our dreams.

Your students will be able to personally engage with the examples of tenacity set by these players. Your students can use their learnings from the virtual field trip to write biographies about a player of their choice, exploring how they contributed to the civil rights movement.

“The Negro leagues had some of the best talent in the game of baseball” Quote from Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Part of the Kai XR Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Virtual Fieldtrip.

The Official Obama Portraits Virtual Field Trip

In 2008, Barack Obama made history when he was elected the first Black president of the United States. A breathtaking gallery of the Obama family’s official portraits was displayed in Washington, DC after his second term in 2018.

Kai XR’s virtual field trip takes you to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery “America’s Presidents” exhibition featuring both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The portrait artists, Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley, made history with these works of art. Both portraits mark the first time two African-American artists were commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery.

Create Meaningful Learning Experiences for Kids This Black History Month

Kai XR’s virtual field trips will deepen your student’s learning and enable them to explore meaningful school projects for Black History Month. These immersive learning experiences can:

  • Help students connect to important figures in Black history
  • Improve student critical thinking and recall about the civil rights movement
  • Allow students to develop 21st-century skills, including technological competence
  • Make field trips to historical sites around the country accessible to all students

Ready to get started? Have questions?  Start with a free account. Empower your students to break barriers in the classroom and beyond this Black History Month with Kai XR.

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