Explore Museums

There is nothing like “being there” but when taking 200+ students is not an option, why not take a virtual trip instead.  Search for virtual or digitized collections.

Find your own educational get-away–possibly national parks or international landmarks.  Listed below are museums for a start:

American Museum of Natural History
Art Institute of Chicago
The Exploratorium
Centennial of Flight
Franklin Institute – Long renowned for its wonderful “hands on” science exhibits, the Franklin Institute is leading the pack of virtual museums with multimedia and superb online resources.
Google Art Project – many collections
Louvre, The
Metropolitan Museum
Museum of Science, Boston
Minnesota Institute of the Arts
Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul
Museum of Moden Art
Mystic Seaport
The National Gallery of Art is in the process of digitizing and sharing its collection with powerful search engines and dramatic visuals. This is one of the very best!
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
Palaeolithic painted cave at Vallon – Pont-d’Arc. Startling and dramatic images from the recently discovered cave. Brilliant photographs. Excellent text.
Ontario Science Center
Paleontology (California Museum UC Berkeley)
Sistine Chapel – 360 view
Smithsonian – This site leads you to some very good national collections.
The Thinker – Of all the large national museums, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have been the most generous in sharing their collections. Instead of a few dozen pictures intended to lure you into their museum, this site offers 60,000 images which are word searchable. A great site!
United States Holocaust Museum
Virtual Museums worldwide
WebMuseum – An extensive collection with hundreds of excellent paintings along with quite interesting biographical and interpretive sketches.
Whitney Museum of American Art

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This is right on par with our recent staff development. Thank you KCrowley!

The Teachable Moments

During my summer institute on Common Core Unit planning we were provided several learning opportunities to better understand and apply Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.  Webb’s analysis of learning presented all of us in the institute with a new way at looking at the ways in which we learn and challenged us to think – Bloom’s Taxonomy or Depth of Knowledge (DoK – for short).

Now, I am in no position to say which is better.  I am without question an educator that has always considered Bloom’s the bible on the ways in which I can challenge not only students but teachers to dig deeper and push harder into learning process.  Yet, after some time exploring DoK, I began to wonder if it is truly a better way to think about acquisition of knowledge.

For those of you who don’t know or use bloom’s taxonomy, the chart below is a good example…

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Great post Mr Kaiser 208. Thank you.

Web 2.0 edu

Facebook is the place that kids hang out after school. Heck, it’s the place many of them hang out during school. It is definitely a platform they are comfortable with communicating on. Why not use student enthusiasm for Facebook to generate learning opportunities in the classroom?

I have seen several classes in the past few weeks work on Facebook projects. Students love them. These projects appeal to students because it is communication at their level. What I like about the project is that creating a fake Facebook profile requires a great deal of higher level thinking. Students have to take information and transform it. This forces students to be very creative. A fake Facebook page is an excellent way to see if students understand the concept behind a book, character, historical figure or even a science concept.

Science might be a little harder, but imagine if students pretend that they are a…

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Sketchup for Math

It has been a pleasure to be a part of the math department’s activities as students begin their work with Google Sketchup.  Sketchup is a sophisticated CAD program but with a few simple tips students can create elaborate plans and see practical application of math terms they have learned.

Anyone can open the program and draw random shapes, even make them look proportional and aesthetically pleasing.  It is important though to teach students correct techniques so they see the importance of accuracy.  Teachers ask students to create a home, then find surface area, volume, and other values.

In the first lesson, while explaining Sketchup functions, the students review the following terms:

                    table of math terms

For practice while learning the students create a shed or small outbuilding.  Below is a sample:

Sketchup outbuilding image

DENSI 2012 – Bozeman, MT awaits

Very exciting news!  I have the honor of attending the Discovery Education Summer Institute this year.  It is SO exciting to think about networking and new information that awaits.  Discovery Education never disappoints so the idea of immersion for a week has visions of an educational paradise swirling in my head.

If you haven’t “discovered” the resources yet:

Teacher Center

Have students create their own puzzles

Become a member, free. Take advantage of member resources.  Learn about being a part DEN (Discovery Educator Network) and become a STAR!