Virtual Field Trips & Hangouts on Air
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate in a Virtual Field Trip or Google+ Hangout on Air?
Anyone! Our Virtual Field Trips and Hangouts on Air are open to everyone. Each event will focus on specific science standards for middle and/or high school students, but will be enjoyable and informative for a wide range of audiences.
What does it mean to “participate” in a Virtual Field Trip or Google+ Hangout on Air?
We consider a Virtual Field Trip or Hangout on Air participant anyone who logs on to view the event. We’d love it if you could watch for the duration and ask questions, but it is not required.
Where do I watch the Virtual Field Trip or Google+ Hangout on Air?
Virtual Field Trips and Hangouts on Air are broadcast on our website, via an embedded YouTube player. If you have pre-registered on our website, you will receive a link to watch it live 10 minutes before it begins.
To make sure you receive the email, please check that you have firstname.lastname@example.org on your safe sender list and have not previously unsubscribed from our mailings.
If you have not pre-registered, please visit http://earthecho.org/news/category/events, Virtual Field Trips and Hangouts on Air are listed there in chronological order (most recent first).
What equipment do I need to participate?
Participating in a Virtual Field Trip or Hangout on Air does not require any special equipment. Requirements are identical to those needed to watch a typical YouTube video: broadband/high speed internet, a computer, and speakers. If you are showing the event to a classroom or large group, we recommend projecting on a screen or SMART board just as you would your typical lessons.
If you are unable to access YouTube videos from your classroom or workplace, you will need to speak with a network administrator or IT person ahead of time. Since this is a live event, we are unable to provide the exact YouTube link ahead of time.
We are unable to answer technical questions about your specific network and privacy settings, as each network is different. If you have questions, please contact someone within your school, district, or workplace.
Will I/my classroom be on camera?
Classrooms and educators participating in these events will not appear live on camera, nor will you be given the option to appear on camera.
Classrooms and scientists appearing on camera are set up well in advance of each event.
How will I ask questions?
While the Virtual Field Trip or Hangout is Live, a Google Form will appear under the YouTube viewing box. Simply fill in each field (name, location, question/comment) and hit submit! The question will be sent to us at EarthEcho to be asked live on air. You may submit as many questions as you would like--we will try our best to answer as many as possible.
If you are viewing the event in full screen, you will need to exit full screen in order to see the Google form.
Hangout vs. Virtual Field Trip, What’s the difference?
In short, nothing! Google+ Hangouts on Air is the platform that we use to broadcast our live events. For this reason, each event is often referenced as a “hangout.” We refer to events that showcase new places and locations as “virtual field trips,” but there is no difference between the two.
What if I can’t join live?
Every event is recorded and immediately saved to YouTube. After the live event ends, you will be able to view the entire piece on the same webpage that it was aired (the link you received in your email or found through http://earthecho.org/news/category/events).
It will also be available on our YouTube channel (www.YouTube.com/EarthEcho), in the Webinars & Hangouts playlist.
You will not be able to ask questions after the live event has ended.
What if the video isn’t playing correctly or I don’t see a video on this page?
If you don’t see the YouTube player on the page, first check to make sure you are on the correct page and it is the correct time. Then try reloading or refreshing the page. You may need to click the “play” button on the YouTube player box.