Students in a northern Saskatchewan school have gained access to everything from pottery to the science of weather, without having to leave their seats.
Principal Steven Thatcher says through Cisco, teachers can arrange 45 minute sessions with experts across North America.
Thatcher says students in southern Saskatchewan have access to many more field trips than those in the northern section of the province, but that has changed now that they have the program.
He says it also boosts the students morale.
Thatcher points out that organizing a field trip can be very expensive.
For example, it will cost the school 15-thousand dollars to send a group of students to Edmonton on a field trip in May, and that only includes travel.
Thatcher adds a flight from Saskatoon to nearby Stony Rapids would cost 1-thousand dollars each.
The video conferencing can also be used for virtual tours. Last week, students were able to take a tour of the Royal Tyrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta without leaving their seats.