Google Art Project for Building Collaboration and Critical Thinking
101 Days of Free Tech for Teachers, Day 42 Explore artwork from around the world with Google Art Project. This large database of artwork is searchable by collections, artists, artwork title, and any other identifying feature. This makes it easy for students to work collaboratively and put together their own collection of favorite art pieces. Teachers can use art to teach students about different time periods and regions that the art reflects, and what that art says about their culture. Google Art Project also has a compare feature that allows teachers or students to select two pieces of art to look at side-by-side, which can build analytical and critical thinking skills.
How We Decide Which Free Tech Tools to Feature
Yup, there are thousands of apps, tools, services, websites, and other offerings — many free — designed for teachers and students. So, how do we sort through all of those to feature the ones which are most useful and interesting? Well… we start by sorting through thousands of these things… then we talk to the presenters in the SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community and watch their videos closely… then we talk to many of the members in the Teacher Learning Community, teachers just like you who are using these apps and tools day in and day out. We've been doing this for over 30 years and have, in that time, developed a sense for what's good and bad. Have we missed something that we should feature here? Most certainly. So, let us know in the Comments section what we should take a look at and we'll throw 'em into the hopper.
Carolina Fransen is the EdTech Apps and Tools Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms. If you have an app, tool, website, or service that you think we should know about, please send your information or tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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