Monday, February 7, 2011

Virtual Museums

A teacher came to me with an idea, she wanted to take student work and put it into a virtual museum, but didn't know the best tool. The students replicated sculptures of ancient Egyptian artifacts and wrote about them. The virtual museum would showcase these. I did some research and this is what I came up with.

Make Your Own Virtual Museum
  • Museum Box, http://museumbox.e2bn.org/ Using Museum Box, students can have their own accounts and add in their images and reports, their 'virtual museum' turns like a cube. They can also add audio, video, links and more. (I have requested a free school account)
  • PowerPoint, use premade templates in PowerPoint (which you all have on your computer) to create a virtual museum of artifacts, add images, links and text. Tutorials and templates can be found here, http://christykeeler.com/EducationalVirtualMuseums.html
  • Photo! 3D Album, http://pho.to/album3d/ This is a software, but it is a free download. Very easy to use, simple download, then select the template you want to use and insert your images. Then you can upload to their website or save as an executable file to share with others. The drawback is that you can only add images, no text videos etc... the benefits are that it becomes a virtual 3D tour.
  • Web Page, sign up for a free website and give each student a page. Place all of the images on the homepage and link to each individual page. Some suggestions for free web pages are: Wix, Weebly 
  • Wiki, wikispaces, create a teacher account and give each student a login. Each student can contribute to one wiki. (example: http://elementsofcivilization.wikispaces.com/)
  • Blog, http://www.blogger.com/, kidblog,  Create a blog entry for each student's art and report. Either the teacher can create an account or each student can create an account and contribute to one blog.
I will be posting the virtual museum we create with the class when it is finished. If you are interested in doing this with your students, please contact me. It can be done at any grade starting with pre-school.

sarahkyriazis @ wbschools .com

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