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Playing around in 3D museums from Smithsonian and Google

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Lately the digital galleries we visit have gotten a little more real.  3D scanned images allow us to get really up close and personal and around every bend. Recently launched, Smithsonian X 3D presents a variety of 3D collections. The objects are viewed in the sophisticated Explorer browser that allows incredible opportunities to manipulate, measure, […]

Newseum offers resources on Baltimore

The Newseum is one of my favorite museums to visit, both physically and virtually. Established and supported in part by the Freedom Forum, the non-partisan museum’s mission is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through exhibits, public programs and education. Its rich array of archived newspaper front pages from around the world is […]

Touch Van Gogh


Share this with your favorite art teachers and art-loving learners. I love that technology removes the theater rope.  That great art can be less guarded, more accessible, nearly touchable. And I sincerely hope that Touch Van Gogh, the newly updated, free, award-winning app from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is only the beginning of […]

Summer badges and more from the Smithsonian


Looking for a way to engage kids in meaningful inquiry around their own interests and passions this summer, even when you are not around to guide them? If you have any contact with your students or parents, or if you have some kids of your own, consider sharing the Smithsonian Quests Digital Badging program as […]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Shares 400,000 High-Res images for us to use!

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Early last month, I wrote about the big news from Getty Images. Last week, Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly […]

Digging dinosaurs digitally


I can see so many young scientists getting very excited about this. I can picture a new type of digital eureka as archeologists on their digs check their cell phones to identify or verify a newly discovered artifact. The University of Michigan’s Online Showcase of 3-D Fossil Remains is a collection 20 years in the […]

NGA Images Database launches (with Open Access Policy)


Yesterday, our National Gallery of Art made the following generous announcement that will be of interest to teachers and learners across the disciplines. The National Gallery of Art announces the launch today of NGA Images, a new online resource that revolutionizes the way the public may interact with its world-class collection at This repository […]

OMGigapixel!: Google Art Project launches and it’s beautiful!


In collaboration with seventeen of the world’s great museums, Google now takes its Street View indoors and allows to visit more than 400 rooms, examine the work of over 385 artists, and view and compare more than 1000 works of art. Here’s an introduction from Google developer Amit Sood and Sir Nicholas Serota of the […]

Touring: Museum and tour apps and what they may mean for learners


This morning my husband and I visited the Late Renoir exhibit at our Philadelphia Museum of Art.  While enjoying the audio tour led by two distinguished curators, I wondered if the museum also had an app for that. I wondered, if beyond those temporary exhibits we regularly tour, if our museum offered tours of the […]