Student artist’s conception of a class museum exhibit.
Often busy educators find focusing students involved in a topic study on an end product museum in school for parents and peers, makes the study all the more meaningful and authenticates plus deepens mandated subject content learning. In addition, parents and school administrators have a product to point to and teachers have a portfolio of individual student targeted content learning and aggregate student learning. Students also experience real world teaming and collaboration which is intrinsic to so many jobs. All to the well and educational good. But the launching of a successful museum in school takes so much teacher and student time and requires so many extra teacher and student hours organizing all the materials in a repository. Where will this time come from in an accountable teacher’s time frame?
While some of these considerations did weigh heavily in the minds of teachers who know the intense benefits of Museums in school’s projects, they moved forward because of the academic and formative five traits (grit, self control, embracing diversity, integrity and resilience) which are nurtured and fostered by music creation- also known as exhibitionism.
Chromebooks tremendously facilitate and electronically make all the student portfolio, artifact identification, artifact registering, exhibit in process design, collection of public images, recording of the project in process come alive and quickly. All the benefits of museum curation are available and accessible to the managing teacher from the Chromebook console and to the student curatorial and museum team members from their files. As final bonus, using the Chromebooks immediately expands the invitees to the museum exhibit far beyond the geographic address of the school to include any adult or peer invitee the teacher chooses, plus since the Chromebook audience is an invited one that automatically filters out any whose genuine interest and support of the project could be questioned.
Chromebook Curated Museums in Schools
Students will develop their own museum exhibit at school and/or virtual museum exhibit online.
The exhibit will function to demonstrate the students’ content learning for a major curricula theme (i.e. Ancient Egyptian Culture, Geometry Vocabulary, Endangered Wildlife, etc.)
Students will base their museum exhibit on observations and reflections they make visiting professionally prepared exhibits, both in person and online.
The class created museum exhibit will be based on a theme that is derived from targeted curriculum. In addition to research online and maintained in files done by the students, the exhibit is curated, that is, the students decide on which items to exhibit as well as how to interpret and present them to their targeted audience.
In order to present and explain the items exhibited, the students create, communications skills-rich writing products like: posters, charts and tables, and a brochure – all of which are available in various draft formats in individual and team portfolios and accessible as aggregate data by the teacher from the Chromebook console.
Once the theme of the museum exhibit has been determined, either by the teacher or by the class lead in a whole group discussion by the teacher, do the following:
- Before the students can their museum exhibit it would be wise to spend at least a period encouraging them to share memories and ideas of what makes a museum exhibit experience different from a classroom bulletin board or school display case. This discussion can be recorded for post assessment after the project is completed so the students can hear courtesy of their own recording the ways in which their original museum conception differed or compared with their final one.
- To prepare them for this sharing/reflecting session, you may wish to conduct courtesy of the Chromebook a virtual field trip to a museum by having a group viewing and exploration of a virtual museum. (See suggested museum sites.)
- Focus the students on the curriculum topic that will be the theme of the museum. Ask them, based on class study of this theme thus far, what they have ready or could develop as charts, graphs, diagrams or models/representations and objects for the exhibit. Record or even video their answers, using a student videographer. The recording can be stored online and saved to the Chromebook network so the museum project will automatically have a video of the exhibit in progress. This will match a component that many museums offer.
- Next, generate the principal body of content of the exhibit. As an outcome of a whole class discussion(s), generate a list of the important points about the exhibit’s theme that the class wants to present to the exhibit audience. Divide the class into small research group and assign them a share of important points on the list. Challenge the groups to research online and download a photo, reproduction of a work of art that will serve to illustrate it. Chromebooks facilitate student management of video files and research for public domain images.
- For each of the selected illustrations/works of art, the class will need to generate a title in large type and an explanatory caption in smaller type. Again, divide these chores and assign them to various groups to accomplish. Teachers can comment privately from their Chromebook consoles on each group’s progress and can comment publically to promote museum team class spirit.
- Additional elements for the exhibit might include a brochure or catalog describing the exhibit and listing all of the items on display, a survey for attendees to see what they enjoyed or learned from the most, a poster to announce the exhibit, a logo to appear through the exhibit’s graphics, a workshop for visitors to use as they record which items they viewed and what their reactions to them were, a banner to appear over the entrance to the exhibit, souvenir postcards to distribute or sell to attendees, a quiz to see what the attendees learned or remember from the exhibit, etc. Designs for these can be developed and saved to team Chromebook files.
- Next, inform the class that in order to do all of the many different tasks involved in creating the exhibit, they will be assigned roles and tasks to handle. Consider which students will do best or learn most from each assignment – or by asking for volunteers – and make the assignments.
As the work progresses, allow the class as a museum community to give feedback and suggestions for improvement on the various products as they take shape. The shared Chromebook files and closed class network allow for that to happen easily.
- Working toward an anticipated date of completion and “launch” for visitors, finish the exhibit and share it with the audience.
The student museum exhibits will feature such components as: charts and tables, diagrams, models and representations of subject content, maps, a brochure of the exhibit, a poster, and a survey/quiz about the content of the exhibit. This exhibit survey/quiz can of course be online via the Chromebook offering another easily accessible form of assessment data which can include invited public. The preparation of all of these involves the acquisition, development, and application of numerous language and communications skills.
The exhibit may be done as a real-world, site-based experience or using the Chromebook files as virtual exhibit, produced in software and online resources and uploaded to the web.
Dr. Rose Reissman,
Academic and Grant Funding Director for Sector 5
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