January 8, 2013
'Research Rescue Squad' Saves Students from Research Havoc
A new Electronic Field Trip from Colonial Williamsburg teaches students a valuable lesson about the importance of accurate research. The program premieres Jan. 17 on public television, cable channels and online.
Someone is stealing books, removing footnotes and providing false information to students. Lucky for them, members of a “Research Rescue Squad” are working to defeat the evil mastermind behind the ruse by conducting solid research instead of relying on questionable sources. The students learn that in this age of information overload, not all sources are reliable. They learn how to conduct research in the library, museums and on the Internet.
Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trips are meticulously researched, non-partisan programs that tell the stories of our country’s founding and span a broad range of historical subjects from colonial times to the present. These distance learning programs, written and produced by Colonial Williamsburg, are created especially for grades 4–8. Electronic field trips are broadcast one Thursday each month from October through April at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern time on participating public television stations and cable channels across the country.
Each electronic field trip is supported with multi-disciplinary lesson plans, interactive student resources, program scripts and other materials to help teachers make history exciting and relevant for students. These Web-based resources have been developed by teachers, historians and museum educators and address national standards for civics education and 21st-century skills as well as state standards for social studies, technology and language arts. Selected programs also correlate to additional state standards.
Students in participating schools may submit pre-recorded video questions, email or phone in questions to costumed interpreters and historians during the live televised broadcast. Registered users also may view electronic field trips and use teacher and student resources via the Internet on demand any time during the school year. Participating schools also have continuing access to technical support and teacher tutorials.
For more information about electronic field trips, visit www.history.org call 1-800-761-8331, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip series is supported in part by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.