Elaine Gurian wrote a paper about the opportunities for museums to deliver educational services that are more substantial and more central than is currently the norm. In this paper called Opportunity for Museums in Light of Elementary and Secondary School Reform in the United States, Ms. Gurian states;
Museums, I hope, will capitalize on all these avenues of possible instruction methodologies and offer multiple content selections delivered through diverse methods and thereby become approved variants on classroom instruction in every town where they exist.
The International Museum of Cultures (IMC) agrees that museums should take a larger role in education. The IMC has embraced technology and delivers electronic field trips directly to the classroom using the Internet. The IMC also provides hands-on projects where the children can touch and interact with the museum’s artifacts right in their own classroom.
Electronic Field Trip
The Electronic Field Trip is entirely online and is designed as an interactive learning tool.
- A series of videos delivered over the Web that provide an entertaining tour of different sections of the museum. The tour focuses on the Peoples of Africa, South America, Papua New Guinea, Asia, and Mexico
- Curricula covering TEKS for K-12 science, social studies, English language arts, and math.
Discovery Boxes allow students to experience cultures around the world in a unique and interactive way. Discovery boxes come in 12 different themes and include a variety of genuine artifacts from our museum’s collection. Students will be able to touch and examine the artifacts while completing activities and worksheets that encourage them to think critically about the world around them using Project Based Learning (PBL) methods.
- a teacher’s guide with detailed object descriptions
- curricula covering TEKS for K-12 science, social studies, English language arts, fine arts, and math
- eye-opening activities that guide your students through understanding the objects
For more information on the educational tools from the International Museum of Cultures, call 972 572-0462