NEW!! Titanic: A Virtual Field Trip

NEW!! Titanic: A Virtual Field Trip


About this course

Recommended Ages: 9-14 (Class is offered in two levels)

Start Date: July 2. Class runs for 4 weeks. DEADLINE EXTENSION FOR BUSY SUMMER SCHEDULES!! Students have FOUR 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: This class is not currently open for enrollment. Please join our mailing list to be notified when the class is offered again.

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 students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.

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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