How many of you have ever used Museum Box?
I have been using this fun little online tool now for about 6 months and it has really begun to shift how I think about new ideas and concepts that I learn. Instead of taking things at face value, I’m beginning to really take my time and view all of the elements that go into that idea in order to synthesize it in my mind.
The power of this for our students is outstanding. We never let our kids TAKE TIME anymore – we’re too gosh darn busy! We have too many standards to teach and test. And, we’ve been told time and again at professional development sessions that this generation of kids have the attention spans of gnats because they grew up in the digital age.
True and not true.
Yes – our students have digital skills that move at light year speeds. But this also runs to their detriment. They are so used to going at the speed of light that they become careless. They zoom past the information like it’s all cliff notes. So that when they get to the question on the test that you know they can do and they bomb it, you’re ready to pull your hair out. Except…we set the stage for this very situation by not teaching our students to take their time and examine things closely. To question. To THINK.
Museum Box has wonderful potential for allowing our students this kind of opportunity. They must fill their box on a subject with as much relevant and purposeful information as they can which will allow them to synthesize it and formulate their own opinions. What’s more – artists, archeologists and other creative people use this technique all the time.
I encourage you to try this wonderful tool for yourself and reflect upon what it does for you personally and professionally. When you have found value in it for yourself, then use it as a tool to enhance your teaching and your students’ learning. For an in depth tutorial on using Museum Box in the classroom, be sure to check out this post written by my PLC friend Melissa Edwards.
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.