Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Create Art Galleries by Phone

Using a site called MyArtSpace, students can now create their own virtual museum or gallery with their cell phone. The site is made in the UK, and is specifically for classes that visit museums or galleries. Students can use their cell phones to take pictures of different pieces of art or artifacts and immediately create their own virtual museum at MyArtSpace. Back in class, students can reflect and discuss their mobile art gallery in order to review what they learned on their field trip. Additionally, anyone can explore the many art galleries posted on MyArtSpace, thus it becomes a collaborative wiki of sorts, where students are contributing and sharing knowledge on art and museum artifacts. Another nice feature of this site is that the mobile phone use is all done outside of the classroom, so not to interfere with any school that has a policy banning cell phones on campus. As a result, students are learning to use their cell phone as a knowledge construction tool, and teachers do not have to fear cell phone disruptions in the classroom. This site is wonderful for any class that is taking a field trip, whether a science museum, a zoo, a historical archives, or a modern art gallery!

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