Google has just announced a new initiative, Connected Classrooms, that will begin offering some pretty exciting virtual field trips through Google+.

Here’s an excerpt from their announcement:

Today we’re launching a new initiative on Google+ called Connected Classrooms that enables students around the world to take “virtual field trips” through Google+ Hangouts, visiting places they would otherwise never be able to explore. We’re kicking things off today with field trips to the Seattle Aquarium, the Minnesota Zoo and the Solar Impulse hangar. Later, teachers can sign up to take their classrooms on virtual field trips hosted by organizations like National Geographic, Matilda the Musical, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and more than 20 other partners.

Of course, nothing beats an actual physical field trip, but the ones that Google is cooking up look pretty darn exciting.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Finding And Creating Virtual Field Trips.

Thanks to TechCrunch for the tip.