Friday, October 17, 2008

Virtual Museum

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Virtual Museum WebQuest


Imagine if you could create your own museum, what would you choose to display in it? How would you arrange each room to best present the items? What would you call your museum?

Think about different museums that you have visited. In each room you enter, how do the items relate to one another? How does the layout of the museum benefit the experience? Are the items displayed from the past to the present or mixed together? Has your museum visit created an aesthetic experience?

Now think about museum websites, how are they different from going to the museum?


In this WebQuest your team will create a virtual museum. Your team will choose what items to display. Your team’s virtual museum could be an art museum, Each team will collaboratively design a webpage displaying the objects representing your virtual museum. Your team will consist of:

Photographer. The photographer will photograph the items that are selected to be on display in your virtual museum. If your team chooses to showcase items from the internet, rather then actual objects the photographer is responsible for locating such objects and will be responsible in creating the “Images Cited” section.

Curator. The curator is responsible for the layout of the webpage for your team’s virtual museum. The curator will make choices on what images will be displayed and what images to link. They are responsible for the overall look and flow of the virtual museum.

Cataloguer. The cataloguer is responsible for cataloguing every object in you team’s virtual museum and providing a section on the webpage that displays an overview of each object organized by topic, i.e. paintings. They will also be responsible for providing the descriptive information on each object, as well as a summary on each topic.

Each team member will choose a job. Your team as a whole, is responsible for selecting the name of your museum, make sure it represents the objects that are on display. The name can be as creative as you want it to be. It does not simply have to be “The Museum of _______.”


Step 1
Students will break off into teams of three. Each member will choose a job described above. Once teams have been made, you will be allotted time to brainstorm ideas. Think about what you want your museum to display. Your team must submit a proposal including students’ names, museum title, and what your museum is about. In addition you must give a rationale for why you chose this topic for your museum.

Step 2
Each team member is responsible to visit links provided on this WebQuest. After viewing each link, write a paragraph in Microsoft Word reflecting on each site visited. In your word document make sure to title each reflection with the title of the web page you are reflecting on. If you would like to use images in your reflections make sure you cite the source, however images are not required. Although reflections are personal make sure that you have written complete sentences and use spell check.

This webpage outlines legal issues when creating a web site. Review the topics covered and write your reflection. These are important issues to be aware of when creating your virtual museums.

Here are examples of virtual museums. Note all of the different kinds of museums there are. Make sure to write your reflection on each virtual museum you visit. Provide the title of the virtual museums you have visited along with a brief reflection. You must look at a minimum of three virtual museums. Were any of these sites helpful in building your own museum?

Step 3
Teams will begin to create their virtual museum using PowerPoint.

Provided below are websites that can aide in constructing your virtual museum once you have either
used the template provided in class or created your own template. The template is also provided on our class blog (link to be inserted).

This is a video on how to make a virtual museum template using PowerPoint. Remember to turn up the volume on your computer so you can hear the directions. Note: This process will be reviewed in class, but this video can be accessed from your home to aide in constructing your museums.
Building A Virtual Museum Room

Curious about how to add images to your PowerPoint? Click here to learn about it!

This is a website on how to create a nonlinear PowerPoint with hyperlinks. This will determine how people will navigate through your virtual museum.


Congratulations on creating your own virtual museum! Each team's virtual museum will be uploaded onto our art class blog (insert link to blog here).


Each team will submit individual assessments critiquing everyone’s participation in creating their team’s virtual museum. Be honest about your work as well as your teammate’s participation. How well did your team work together?

Each team will also take a tour through the other teams’ virtual museums. Everyone will fill out a form critiquing the virtual museums. Questions to ask yourself when viewing the virtual museum:

- How did the layout of the virtual museum flow?
- Were the images cited properly?
- Did the information provided with the objects aide in their presentation?


Each team member will be graded on:

- fulfillment of job (curator, photographer, or cataloger)
- reflections
- participation

Each team will be graded on:

- group participation (team work)
- appearance of virtual museum
- information provided with the objects
- content of virtual museum
- proper citations


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