by: Carlo Daniels – Instructional Development Services, Graduate Assistant
The concept of creating a museum box was taken from the anti-slavery campaigner, Thomas Clarkson, who collected artifacts in a box that illustrated his anti-slavery arguments. Such artifacts ranged from African crafts to transportation ship diagrams. Museum Box draws from this very concept: It is a free online application that allows for one to create an online display of “artifacts” collected in a virtual box in order to describe and/or craft an argument for a certain topic. Artifacts are a conglomerate of media files that include pictures, links, video, text, audio files, PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, PDF files, etc., which can be appended to the faces of virtual cubes organized within a box. Examination of media cubes within a box is made possible for anyone viewing a box and the number of cubes present within a box can be determined by the creator. One can also add multiple shelves or “layers” to a box to allow for organization of additional cubes.
Originally, creating a box on the site served as a means to visually showcase artifacts about historical figures or events; however, educators and students can now be found using Museum Box to showcase all sorts of academic subjects. Museum Box could be used to create effective presentations, or to organize their information, pictures and video. The site also contains a gallery of user submitted boxes from teachers and students, which site viewers can view and comment on. All of the above features can be made possible if an educator registers his/her school for a free account within the Museum Box website.
- Unique method for students to create their projects
- Incorporate video, audio, text, files, and hyperlinks
- Can assist with persuasive writing projects and compare/contrast arguments
- Can be used as collaborative assignment
- Interesting and fun alternative to the usual written papers or other type of presentations
For more, please visit http://museumbox.e2bn.org
Tech Tip- Customizing Your Museum Box
by Hayley Dallmann, Instructional Development Services, Student Lab Assistant
Now that you know what Museum Box is all about, you will now learn how to customize your box to appear how you want it. As a user, you are able to change the following preferences for your museum box: the amount of layers in your box, how many cubes you would like, the colors and the textures.
The photo above shows how your Museum Box looks before any customizations and changes have been made. It appears to be wood grain style. This is also the screen that you will go to, to add different multimedia into your box. To customize the settings of your Museum Box you need to click on the “Change Box” icon in the lower right of the screen.
To change the amount of layers that your Museum Box will have, look to this window. Simply click the amount you would like, 1, 2 or 3 layers. This will change the box for you.
The next area that can be changed is the number of Cubes that are included in your box. You can choose from 1, 2, 4, 6, or 8 cubes. Simply click the number you would like and it will change.
Once you have chosen how many layers you would like and the amount of cubes, you are now able to change the color and textures of your box. There are three options, you can change it to yellow, silver metal or keep it wood. To change this, click on the color/texture you would like.
This is your box before any changes have been made.
This is an example of what your box could look like if you make changes to it. Once you are done making your changes, you press “Change Box” and it will bring you back to the main menu where multimedia can be added into your Museum box.
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