“We don’t just want our children to acquire work skills from their education; we also want them to develop into civilized people who appreciate the breadth of human accomplishments. The school field trip is an important tool for meeting this goal." 1
"The study found that, regardless of gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, youth who take educational trips have better grades (59 percent), higher graduation rates from high school (95 percent) and college (63 percent), and greater income (12 percent higher annually). In fact, 89 percent said educational trips had a positive, lasting impact on their education and career because the trips made them more engaged, intellectually curious and interested in and out of school." 2
The concept of incorporating a beautiful venue with a beautiful day is one of the oldest methods to teach photography. I try to make sure that the venues I choose for my class outings have history and/or cultural meaning to hold my student's interest and connect them to their learning.
My planning and preparation are made easier by the use of technology and social media. I use it to research and preplan. It also allows me to send class assignment information and expectations to my students as well as accept and grade any assignments attached to the field trip.