Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips 2014-2015


Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips support American history education for students in grades 4-8 and programs are correlated to standards, providing a compelling learning experience for students. Schools in the WITF viewing area are invited to participate in the Emmy Awarding-winning series!

I have been a history teacher for many years and the Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips are one of the BEST contemporary resources for my students.  - Scott Wingard, Dallastown Area Middle School History Teacher

ALL interested schools may view Electronic Field Trip programs on WITF TV at 1:00 pm on the dates of the LIVE programs (see dates and rights statement below).  

Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips Program Schedule for 2014-15 (See RIGHTS below)

*ALL programs air on WITF TV at 1:00-1:58 p.m.

October 9, 2014 The Global Economy watch a preview video

What we think of as the modern global economy is actually centuries old! Join Maggie, an adventurous rat, as she boards ships using international trade routes to make her way home from England to the American colonies. Along the way, discover the inner workings of the 18th-century mercantile system. 

November 6, 2014 The American Revolution on the Frontier (Premiere) watch a preview video

Discover how the Revolutionary War reached into the West to frontier communities in the Ohio River Valley. American Indians, French traders, British and American colonists, and African Americans faced life-changing decisions about whether to fight—and on which side. 

December 11, 2014 The Amazing Trade Shop Science Race watch a preview video

Root for student contestants as they compete to discover the physics, chemistry and simple machines employed by Colonial Williamsburg's tradespeople to reconstruct an 18th-century coffeehouse. Quirky "Professor Eddie" hosts this engaging science game show! 

January 15, 2015 Colonial Idol watch a preview video

Vote for outstanding musical performances in Colonial Idol! This exciting talent showcase features 18th-century music, including Native American songs, military tunes, enslaved people's work songs and much more. As the judges deliberate, discover how music can influence individuals, shape public opinion and even change history. 

February 12, 2015 When Freedom Came watch a preview video

Everyone knows that Abraham Lincoln freed all the slaves…or did he? Freedom came to enslaved people over the course of many months and years—and it arrived in different ways in different places. Discover how enslaved Americans made everyday choices during the Civil War that helped bring about their freedom. 

March 12, 2015 Working Children (Premiere) watch a preview video

In 1775, a young apprentice boy dreams of a better life while working in a Philadelphia print shop. A Mexican-American migrant girl in 1960's California struggles to harvest garlic all day and keep up with her studies. These and other working children help illuminate the evolution of child labor in America from colonial times to today. 

April 16, 2015 Research Rescue Squad watch a preview video

Someone is stealing books, removing footnotes and confusing students with false information. Luckily, the Research Rescue Squad will save the day! Join the Squad as it tries to defeat the evil mastermind, Dubious Sources, by helping students do solid research using the library, the Internet, and museums. 

Download a printable copy of the 2014-2015 Schedule

FAQ: Questions and Answers about the Electronic Field Trips

WITF contact: Debbie Riek - 717-910-2806

RIGHTS: ALL schools may view with 10-day fair use rights. (Record, but must be viewed within ten days and erased/destroyed within 45 days.) ONLY schools that pay Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips to participate can keep the copy of program(s) for the life of the tape/DVD, access guides, get online access, and have phone interaction with the historians and en-enactors.

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For more information on the HERO (History Education Resources Online) media library go to www.histroy/hero

Based on the content from the award-winning Electronic Field Trips series, HERO gives teachers and students access to videos, lessons, special broadcast interactivity and web-activities in an online media library.

The Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips Series is supported in part by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.

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