Friday, June 10, 2011

The Friday Report: "Art Project" by Google

I have decided to start a new posting that runs every Friday and focuses on something new that is relevant to education and to bringing information from the world to our students in the classroom. Send a suggestion to if you have an idea for "The Friday Report"! 

This first post highlights a new effort by Google to bring the world's most well-known art museums' collections to the internet called "Art Project".  This is a fabulous new tool for art educators!  Art teachers can now use their ACTIVboards to take students on virtual field trips to famous art museums in places like Amsterdam, Versailles, New York City, Berlin, Moscow, Madrid, London and Florence.

Google's marketing statement says, "The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and some of the world's most acclaimed art museums. Powered by a broad, connected suite of Google technologies, the world's great works of art and museums are now within reach to an unprecedented global audience."

Repurposing the Google-earth street view tool, Google now allows you to "explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces." Click here to check it out.



andi said...

Here is one of the developers talking about how it was developed as well as how it works. So cool.

Art for all said...

This is yet another incredible way to open up the world of Art to our young people. Unfortunately, very few elementary Art teachers in Dekalb have Activ boards in their classrooms. Too many of us are stuck in trailers and on carts and attempt to teach the best quality Art program to our students in sub par conditions. Larger class sizes and inadequate building space has forced us out of our classrooms..
I have been asking/pleading for an Activ board for years but am not "important" enough to have one when our classroom teachers don't. Until each reg. classroom teacher has one, or until the county approves funds for this, I will wait and give my students the best I can because I did that before computers were used.
If Dekalb doesn't start making big decisions that put children first, I will be out the door! Teachers are leaving this county in record numbers! It used to be the best when I was a student here in the 70's and 80's... so sad how it's failed our children. Until then, I'll hope and pray things will get better!