Is it hard to grasp your student’s attention through a basic PowerPoint? Do they end up drifting off during the repetitive, mundane slides? With technology like Museum Box, you can make presentations in your classroom much more exciting, and it’s easy for students to use as well! Museum Box is a great tool that can be used to organize information for a project, present a project, or just share it among peers. It is a creative and engaging tool that will surely help you in the classroom.
Museum Box is a great way to spice up history projects and book reports. I first read about Museum Box from a blog post by nhfledtech titled Museum Box: A New Presentation Tool as well as another Museum Box post by Carlo Daniels. These blogs help explain the advantages of the user friendly tool and how it came to be. I think using Museum Box is a great lesson for students because, according to Carlo Daniels’s blog, it is based off a historical figure, Thomas Clarkson, who was an anti-slavery campaigner. He collected artifacts, ranging from crafts to diagrams, that illustrated his arguments. Using Museum Box in the classroom can be a history lesson in itself.
Getting started with Museum Box is really simple! For teachers that need help getting started, there are some Teacher Resources on the Museum Box website. Once you are on Museum Box, you will then click “Start” on the right side of the page to begin. Your project will open and you will see this on your screen
To begin, you can title your project and give it a description. Then, to start adding information, one can click on any of the eight boxes. This will bring you to the page where you can build your cubes. Each cube has 6 sides, and you can add information or media to each of them! You can put pictures, videos, music, links, or texts on each of the sides. All you have to do is save the files on your computer and upload them into the Museum Box! This tool is something that can keep the students engaged with its cool graphics and fun features! Also, once a student can do online research on their own, they will be able to use Museum Box easily.
The students can work both individually or in groups with their boxes! Each student can take a square, or they could do a whole box on their own. It may be overwhelming to start them off with 8 cubes, so you can change the size of your Museum Box. Simply click on the “Change Box” item in the bottom right of the screen. This is the page that should be presented to youHere, you can choose the number of layers you want in your box, the number of cubes, the colors, and the textures. You can customize each part of the box! This will make the projects more personalized for each of the students because they can design it just how they want it.
To finally save your project, you must create an account on the Museum Box website. This option will be prompted to you when you click the save button on the top. It is free and simple! Just make a login name and password, and select the school you are with. Most schools are listed in the box on the right, but if it is not, you can register your school, or just use the “other” option.
When a student has finished their Museum Box, they can submit it to their teacher or peers for review. They can also present it to the class. They just open their Museum Box, click on each of the cubes, and present the information on each side. It is that simple! Here is a video on the Museum Box “about” page that goes through the making of a sample Museum Box.
Museum Box has a great sharing feature that allows you to see boxes created by users from all different schools. By going to the Museum Box Gallery on the website, you can view other students work, and maybe get ideas for your own!
Museum Box is a user friendly, creative, and a different way for students to make projects for class. It helps them find evidence that supports their work, and put a lot of detail into the information they are presenting.
For more information on Museum Box, I suggest you look at the following list of blog posts!
- From the Vault: Museum Box by BCURRAN
- Museum Box post by Carlo Daniels
- Museum Box: A New Presentation Tool by nhfledtech