Sunday, July 8, 2012

Museum Boxes

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!


Nikki


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4 comments:

  1. Nikki,
    I love Museum Box! I used it last year with my kids and they really enjoyed it. I actually posted about it after they tried it out.

    Farrah
    ThinkShareTeach

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  2. This looks like a really cool way for kids to present research while avoiding printing. Thanks for sharing!

    Amanda
    Adventures in Primary Education

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  3. I just have to tell you....this may revitalize my teaching! I love all of the things that you are sharing. I would never have time to find all of this on my own!!

    One request....With glogs.....could you guys do one and show the sample?? I'd like to see a 'real' one!

    Jenn
    Best Practices 4 Teaching

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  4. What a cute idea. Sounds like something I could use this year and reuse the next! Those boxes are so darling. We even had kids moving boxes from one to another to help each other organise their memorabilia. Suddenly became a group classroom project. We spent all afternoon moving boxes!

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