Happy Sunday fellow Tailgaters! This is my first post here at Technology Tailgate and, as a Cheesehead from Wisconsin and a rabid Packer fan, nothing gets me rollin' like a good tailgate!
A really great resource that my students fell in love with this school year was Museum Box! Based on a "box of artifacts" that a gentleman named Thomas Clarkson carried around with him, Museum Box is a place for students to "collect evidence" of their research and build an archive of learning.
Students can "design" their box to hold numerous cubes. Each cube is six-sided, so 6 pieces of evidence can be held on a cube. Photos, diagrams, charts/graphs, sound clips, music, video, text, websites, PowerPoint presentations...you name it, it can be placed on a cube and saved to your Museum Box!
Anyone who has ever done research with 4th and 5th grade students knows that these little honeys love to run off numerous pictures and pages of website text. With Museum Box, your kiddos can save their "memorabilia" so-to-speak in their box and reference it...much like a museum curator would.
Museum Box is totally free and very educator friendly. One of the best features about this site is that it ties student accounts to their teacher, and the teacher gets final say before a box is "published." There is a great feature that allows the teacher to post discrete comments to the student, allowing for editing and correcting before posting the final product.
Museum Box is a British site, so try this out in advance of your project and then set your classes up as getting final approval could take up to two weeks. (I've been assured this is being addressed, but better safe than sorry!)
Why not let Museum Box take your students and their research to a whole new level? Give it a shot! You'll be glad you did!
While you are at it, stop by and visit me at my blog for lots of great classroom ideas! I can't wait to see you!