Cheryl Stack’s Barringer Road second grade class recently took a virtual field trip to Winchester Castle in Hampshire, England. Although expanding technology has made virtual field trips more common, this trip was extra special. The tour guide was classmate Liam Maxson.
Liam was visiting family in England with his parents. His father Charles Maxson, who teaches sixth grade at Jarvis Middle School, helped connect Liam back to his classroom via Google Hangouts and the class’ SMART Board.
Liam led his classmates through the Great Hall of Winchester Castle where King Arthur’s Round Table hangs on the wall. He showed them beautiful stained glass windows, a statue of Queen Victoria, gorgeous brickwork, towering arched wood doors, an old key-hole and floor entrance to the underground dungeon and tunnels, and an outside area created to resemble a medieval garden.
The students asked Liam questions about the castle, his trip, the weather, and even the five-hour time difference.
“What an amazing learning experience! We are so fortunate and grateful for Liam’s and Mr. Maxson’s thoughtfulness!” said Miss Stack.