"This is a project that started when my friend aka. right hand and I went to the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen. I took a picture for fun and liked how this simple thing could change their character and give their facial expression a whole new meaning."
There are things that can happen in a museum that can’t happen in a classroom. Students love to visit museums with their teachers, believe me.
I can give you two good examples:
Students love pop art, I could explore an interesting exhibition The 80's : A Topology in 2006 at Serralves Museum in Porto. They learn incredible things about the 80's throught art and relating objects. It was a two hours lesson outside the school where students learned much more about the history of the 80's than a full day in the classroom.
Paula Rego's Exhibition was another good lesson at the museum, in 2004. This live lesson captivated the interest of the students and introduced the narrative text. A fantastic pedagogical project enchanced writing skills through Paula Rego's paintings in cross-curricular activities:
Students were so excited! For the most part, it was the first time they went to a museum. They felt happy, curious about art, made a lot of questions, took incredible notes that we discussed after the school visit. It gave the students the chance to learn better by enjoying art.
They learned a lot, the creativity they expressed in the classroom was amazing. They developed awesome projects (storytelling, drawing) with the help of technology.
"Museums are wonderful for school groups because you get something that goes far beyond information transmission – the possibility of enthusiasm and motivation."
Daniel Willingham , Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia There are things that can happen in a museum that can’t happen in the classroom, be sure. And you know it. There's a difference between seeing a great work of art at the museums, and looking at a picture in a book or online, or listening a teacher tell students about it. There's something about being in the presence of a physical painting or object that is real. They can't touch, but they feel different at a museum. It's real interactivity.
Being in the presence of a palpable object and being told it's a 200 or 300 years old is really motivating.
We can make museum visits part of the curriculum, and have broader goals than particular content knowledge. For example, helping students understand what excites and motivates and interests them can be part of the curriculum.
So it’s really about how we are creating a curriculum that is going to meet standards and goals for a particular school. A lot of educators are worried that their goals for education are being overwhelmed by standards that are being set externally.
Well, face this special adventure. A wonderful learning experience to your students. Young people need to feel free to express own choices and opinions when creating and sharing digital media content.
You will feel happy with the enthusiasm of your students.
"If a child sees and gets excited about a work of art or a science demonstration, or discovers an interest in animals, the teacher will want to pursue that and figure out how to help the child continue to pursue that interest, and how that interest can be leveraged in other content areas."
Daniel Willingham , Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia