A Virtual Field Trip to Get Your Students Moving!

  • Jan 23, 2017


The NFL and the American Heart Association, working together with Discovery Education, have teamed-up to host a fun, interactive, and free virtual field trip designed to promote physical activity and heart health.

If your goal as an educator is to teach young people about the benefits of exercise, you could hardly ask for better partners.

You can experience the Virtual Field Trip with your students by directly live streaming it to your classroom on January 31, 2017 at 1PM EDT/12:00 PM CT/10AM PDT. After that, it will be archived for viewing at your convenience. Please note: No special equipment is needed to view this event online. All you need is an internet-connected computer (and a way to share with students, i.e. projector and speakers).

During the presentation, Doctor Mercedes Carnethon of the American Heart Association will demonstrate the science behind the cardio and strength exercises that NFL players Whitney Mercilus and Christian Covington use stay fit and active. Students will also get an inside look at the Houston Texans’ practice facility and The Health Museum, and after that there will be some guided physical activity that can be done right in the classroom.

To register for this free event, visit the official NFL Play 60 Challenge website, where you’ll also find a helpful collection of standards-based classroom resources (for grades 6-8) available free for download.

To help us keep you informed about other free educational resources and programs, please be sure to bookmark this site and follow us on Twitter.

 —Stephen Vincent D’Emidio


Images: American Heart Association, Inc./NFL Enterprises LLC

An Egg-cellent Opportunity for Learning

  • Sep 24, 2015

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Note: If you missed this LIVE virtual field trip, you’ll be happy to know it’s been archived online along with all related classroom materials. You’ll find it here.

Virtual field trips are a growing trend these days, offering tech-savvy teachers a hassle-free way to show students the world outside their classrooms. In fact, so popular are these on-screen excursions that more and more organizations have been stepping-up to make them available, often at no cost.

For example, on October 15th, 2015, Discovery Education and the Good Egg Project will present a LIVE virtual field trip to Creighton Brothers Farms in Warsaw, Indiana for an on-site lesson in nutrition, sustainability, and the farm-to-table process, as well as the interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem, and the importance of high-quality animal husbandry.

The technical requirements for this trip are simple, and there are downloadable lesson plans and teacher guides available for grades K-8!

To learn more, and to register your class, visit The Good Egg Project Education Station.

And to find out about other great free educational resources, be sure to bookmark this site and follow DIRECTV Goes to School on Twitter.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio

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Take Your Class On a Virtual Field Trip with President Obama, This Thursday!

  • Apr 28, 2015


Teachers, we’re thrilled to share with you the opportunity for you and your class to participate in Read to Discover A World of Infinite Possibilities, a unique Virtual Field Trip that Discovery Education is hosting in collaboration with the White House and President Obama, this Thursday, April 30th at 10:40am.

Broadcast LIVE from Washington, D.C., President Obama will connect with thousands of students nationwide to highlight the importance of reading and expanding digital literacy. It should be an incredible event, as the President shares his own love of reading and thoughts about how digital content and technology open up a world of learning.

This virtual field trip is the latest event in Discovery Education’s “Of the People: Live from the White House” Virtual Field Trip series, which transports students behind the scenes to learn about the people, places and issues that shape our world. 

Register your class today. It’s free!