Share the work that your students have done by creating a virtual museum tour. This is a great way of presenting the wide variety of work done by students on a chosen topic, curating your own exhibits and sharing videos and pictures of what your students have learnt and achieved. Share the link with your students’ friends and families in this great online activity.
Use the online platform ArtSteps to create an online museum tour presenting a selection of your student’s work in a fun and interactive way. This can be done with a wide selection of media on multiple topics.
If you would want to do this activity as a hybrid event, have your students create physical posters of their work, but include QR codes that allow your audience to connect to other videos and information.
- Share what students have learnt with their friends and family.
- Combine subjects and topics to create different types of exhibits for your museum tour.
- Develop IT and communication skills.
A computer with an internet connection, as well as a selection of your pupil’s work, and videos to explain the rationale behind each (optional).
Some knowledge of how to use the ArtStep online software, the software that creates your virtual museum experience would be advantageous, but the software is fairly user friendly and easy to learn.
A tutorial on how to use ArtStep can be found in the videos section of this page.
Script/programme of activity
Working together with a number of teachers, create a series of activities that incorporate space-related topics into the students learning of your area of teaching.
Have your students create work based on these lessons, materials that could be uploaded and shared on the online platform.
Choose which works should be uploaded and have your students either write up or record a video of an explanation of this work and how it relates to the space topics covered.
Follow the instructions detailed in the tutorial to create your virtual gallery experience.
Share the link to your virtual tour with the student’s family, friends, and the wider community.
Ideally, a number of teachers from different subject areas should work together and decide how to incorporate space topics into a number of different curriculum subjects, allowing the students to work and view space topics from multiple different perspectives, as well as the creation of multiple types of work to present in the museum. This can include space-based maths explanations, design technology models of lunar landers or rovers, art and poetry about space, to name a few ideas.
A teacher will either need to ask the students to create the virtual exhibition or create this themselves.
Teachers will need to send out the link to the Virtual Museum tour and encourage local communities to take the tour and find out what the students have been learning about.
Take an opportunity to engage with the online content and talk to the students about the work they have been doing and what you have learnt from these resources.
Key elements for inclusivenes
This is a great opportunity to reach out to other teachers and educators at your institution to combine learning outcomes and subject matter and incorporate space topics into a variety of school curriculum topics. This allows students who learn differently and engage with space and science topics in multiple ways.
The online tour platform can be found here: https://www.artsteps.com/
A series of video tutorials on how to use ArtSteps
This community “event” was an alternative solution to a face-to-face event. It was prepared by a school that participated in the Our Space Our Future project, Escola Básica D. Afonso III, in the Algarve alongside our delivery partners from NUCLEO.
From the beginning of our collaboration with the school, it was planned that at the end of the Our Space school interventions, we would have an event for the community, where we would take the telescopes and have a night with astronomical observations, and the students that participated on the Our Space project would find a way to show the community what they had learned with the project. Unfortunately, the face-to-face event couldn’t happen because of COVID-19 restrictions. It was then decided that students would come up with resources they could share with the community via the internet.
The students prepared different resources in a very interesting interdisciplinary way and in the end created an online exhibition. This exhibition has several rooms, dedicated to a different theme. Each room has an introduction in Portuguese, English and French. Many works are translated into English and French.
Room 1: this is the work they developed in History and is about astronomy in ancient times; they created models of monuments and described cults from the megalithic times.
Room 2: in Arts, they produced paintings inspired by famous paintings that show the sky and celestial bodies.
Room 3: this room shows photos taken during the school interventions NUCLIO organized; there was a session with Rose Doran about space exploration and space careers, as an introduction to the Our Space Our Future project; Gustavo Rojas has 2 sessions with them about many topics related to Astronomy and Space Explorations; they also participated in a session with a Portuguese analogue astronaut, João Lousada.
Room 4: they produced short videos about what they considered the most important space missions ever made.
Room 5: they show the results of the questionnaire they made to the community about topics they considered important to know about space exploration and space careers.
And finally, there is a Conclusion.
This virtual tour can be viewed here.
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