Virtual museums are great digital tools that students can use to show what they know and what they are able to do. They can demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating exhibits about any academic subject or topic. It is also a way to enhance learning and provides visitors an augmented, interactive learning experience.
Last week, my colleague, Javier Hernandez, presented a PD on virtual museums using Apple’s Keynote. I thought this would be a great idea for our 5th graders who are currently studying the different cultures of the world. But instead of using Keynote, I thought it would be easier for the students and teachers to use Google Slides.
Using office suite applications on your computer can be troublesome during the submission process (multiple emails, multiple versions, etc). Additionally students can easily create, share, edit and collaborate on their virtual museums in real-time because it is a Google Slides presentation. The Google Slides template also allows students to work on their museums on any device, anywhere, and at anytime they want. The following images are from the Virtual Museum template I created using Google Slides. If you would like to try out my Virtual Museum template, please click on this link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Virtual-Museum-Template-with-Google-Slides-2704218
Students first get to choose one of the three museum slides and then type in the name of their museum, for example, Virtual South Korea Cultural Museum.
After entering the museum, you arrive at the “Lobby” where you can access different rooms by clicking on the arrows. For the 5th grade project, rooms 1-3 would be designated for specific topic of a world culture (ex. beliefs, arts, and customs).
When you click on the a “Room” arrow, you will be taken to a room that holds multiple exhibits. Here students can insert images of their museum piece onto the designated boxes and rename the text appropriately. You will also find a “Lobby” arrow on each slide if you wish to choose to enter another room.
You can click on these designated boxes in the room and it will zoom in on the exhibit. The slide below is what will appear. You can provide an image/video and detailed information about the museum piece.
Make sure students fill out the “Reference” slide when referring resources in their work!
And finally, the “Curator’s Office” slide is where students can provide an image of themselves, as well as provide a short description about themselves.
Again for those of you who would like to try out my Virtual Museum template, please click on this link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Virtual-Museum-Template-with-Google-Slides-2704218
Hope you enjoy the educational tool!