An article I read this week had me thinking about Bloom’s Taxonomy and what learning really is. It led to me coming up with a new graphic for Bloom’s Taxonomy, this one a Paint Palette. I like thinking about Bloom’s in the form of an artist paint palette because each color has equal importance. For an artist, the greatest beauty comes in the mixing of colors. Using a multitude of shades and blends on a canvas. I think the same can be said of learning. Learning that tells you that you can only use one color is rather uninspired. But learning that encourages you to use all of the colors can create something really meaningful and beautiful.
At Anastasis, we encourage our students to look at learning through a variety of lenses and outcomes. Bloom’s Taxonomy helps us do that by showing students that there are different ways to approach learning. Now our biggest problem is that students will find that they really enjoy one way of showing what they know (iMovie) and proceed to use it for EVERYTHING. I created the Bloom’s Taxonomy Paint Palette with verbs that help describe the different ways of learning. I created a painting using the same colors from the palette to give students ideas for different outcomes and evidences of learning. I’m in the midst of working on an app and website catalog organized by the same colors so that students can be introduced to the many options they have for the different types of learning and producing. I’ll share that when it is finished! For now, I’ve included screen shots of the Bloom’s Taxonomy Paint Palette, the Bloom’s Taxonomy Painting and a sample page from the catalog.
What it is: Google never stops amazing me, this time they are amazing me in the form of a partnership with art museums around the world. Art Project is an incredible collaborative project that is powered by Google to bring art museums into your classroom. Art Project lets students discover and view more than a thousand pieces of art online in incredible detail with Google street view technology. Students can virtually move around the museum’s galleries, zooming closer on works of art and navigating through interactive floor plans where they can learn more about the museum and explore. Artwork view lets students view the art at high-resolution, expanding the information panel lets students read more about the art, find more art by the same artist and watch related YouTube videos. Students can act as curator and create their own artwork collection by saving specific views of the art and build a personal collection. Comments can be added to each piece of art and share with families and friends.
How to integrate Google Art Project into the classroom: Google Art Project brings art museums from around the world into your classroom. Take a virtual field trip to the museums using a projector-connected computer or interactive whiteboard. Let students take turns acting as a museum tour guide by clicking on the extra information and reading it out loud for students while they look at the artwork. After the class tour of the museum, students can use classroom computers or a lab to create their own collections. Students can comment on each piece of art and share the collection they curated with family and friends.
Use Google Art Project for a compare and contrast activity. Students can compare and contrast the type of artwork they see in the various art museums, compare and contrast styles of art, or compare and contrast the work of different artists or time periods.
Use the artwork as the base of a creative writing activity, students can choose a piece of art and write a story about the artist, or about what is happening in the work of art.
Need help demonstrating a technique? Art Project lets students view artwork in such detail that the techniques are easy to point out and describe.
Tips: Due to copyrights, some pieces of art will appear a bit blurry when students zoom in. The majority of the pieces can be seen in very high levels of detail.
Please leave a comment and share how you are using Google Art Project in your classroom.
What it is: Bemused is another site from the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. BeMused helps students be excited, aware, informed, amused, and involved in the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Through videos and activities sections students can discover more about the museum and gallery. Students can get involved by visiting the Your Say section or submitting their own artwork to the online Gallery. Students can watch videos including an introduction to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and short poems created by kids inspired by the issues surrounding slavery and Olaudah Equiano’s life. The online gallery holds beautiful artwork created by students. Your students can create and submit their own artwork for the online gallery. The activities section has interesting quizzes and activities about art, history and museums. In one activity, students try to find the faces in famous works of art as quickly as possible. The Your say section gives students an opportunity to talk about history, art, and museums. Students can add to an existing topic or start their own topic for discussion. Currently discussions include what would you like to see in an art gallery?; who is your favourite artist?; and Is graffiti art?
How to integrate BeMused into your curriculum: Bemused is a good place for students to be inspired by art and history. This site encourages student interaction. Students can join into forum discussions about art or history and even submit their own artwork to the online art gallery. In the video section, students can watch a video of student created poems centered around history. Use the video for classroom inspiration. Your students can create and write their own poetry inspired by history. If your students have visited many of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery sites, they may enjoy challenging themselves to the quizzes in the activities section of the site.
Tips: BeMused was created for the Birmingham Museum and Art Collection. They have several excellent websites that I will be reviewing.
Please leave a comment and share how you are using BeMused in your classroom!