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 email@example.com 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.