Titanic: A Virtual Field Trip

Titanic: A Virtual Field Trip


About this course

Recommended Ages: This class is ideal for students ages 9-15. Younger academically gifted students will be accepted.

Levels: This class is offered in 2 levels. The material is the same for both levels, the assignments are different. Level 1 is recommended for younger students and Level 2 is recommended for older students or academically advanced younger students.

Start Date: January 5. Class runs for 4 weeks.  Students have two weeks after the last class is posted to complete the course. No live classes- do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.

Price: $50

Space Available: 

During the summer of 2018, I spent time in Belfast, Northern Ireland- the birthplace of Titanic!! I went to the amazing Titanic museum there and shot a lot of footage for class, and then something absolutely amazing happened….I found the little known Titanic dry dock- where the ship was built- and found myself ALONE inside! Talk about a memorable and emotional experience!! I then traveled to Cobh, Ireland (formerly known as Queenstown) to tour the museum there and see the actual dock where the final passengers left to board the ship- many to never set foot on land again. It was truly an amazing journey I took, following Titanic’s path and learning so much. I’m so excited to be able to share this “virtual field” trip with my students! We’ll learn all about how Titanic was built, her final voyage, and the people who sank with her- some who survived and many who didn’t. Then, we’ll learn about the rediscovery of the Titanic on the ocean floor and the artifacts that have been recovered. Please join me for this one of a kind learning experience!

This class is not recommended for most children under 9 (but we trust that you know your child’s abilities better than we do!). Younger students 9-11 should usually be placed in Level 1. Students age 12 and up, or younger students who are academically gifted, should be placed in Level 2. Level 2 students will have more rigorous homework.

LESSON PLANS: This is an 4 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.

Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.

DISCUSSION:We offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!

ASSIGNMENTS: Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that is the main difference. Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.

QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.

GRADES: All quizzes, labs, and online assessments automatically receive a grade in the system. You have the option of having your student’s individual projects graded or not (all assignments receive instructor feedback). Report cards are issued at the end of the course- one for ungraded students and one for graded students. These mean nothing other than for your own records or reporting purposes. We do not maintain copies.

TIME: In general, expect 1.5-2 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).


Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.

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